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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Softball preview


Teams: UC Davis v. Cal State Fullerton

Records: Aggies 16-26 (1-5); Titans 18-20-1(2-4)

Where: Anderson Family Field – Fullerton, Calif.

When: Saturday at noon, 2 p.m.; Sunday at noon

Who to watch: UC Davis will be looking to jump start its offense this weekend, and there is no better place to start at the top of the order.

Enter Michelle Espiritu.

The sophomore Aggie leadoff hitter is a proven headache for the opposition when she gets on base, leading the team with 12 stolen bases. She will look to provide the spark for an offense that has scored an average of 1.2 runs in its last 13 games.

Did you know? On Apr. 18 the softball team will host its annual home run derby at La Rue Field. Each swing is $1 and is open to everyone.

Proceeds will go towards the UC Davis softball program. For more information, visit the UC Davis softball athletic website.

Preview: The derby may begin Apr. 18, but the Aggies aren’t planning to wait before breaking out their big bats.

This weekend they will be looking to recapture their hitting stroke when they travel to Fullerton.

With the Titans’ starting pitching staff, however, it is easier said than done.

Christine Hiner (9-10) and Jessica Doucette (9-9) hold the fourth- and seventh-best ERA in the Big West Conference at 2.20 and 2.40, respectively.

Still, the Aggies are up for the challenge, and will bring a task-oriented approach to Anderson Family Field.

“Our focus will be to produce with runners in scoring position,” said head coach Karen Yoder.

Opposing the Titan duo will be junior Jessica Hancock (11-15) and freshman Alex Holmes (5-11).

Hancock leads the conference in strikeouts (172) and is fifth with a 2.36 ERA.


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