Teams:UC Davis v.No.22 California
Records:Aggies 22-31; Golden Bears 37-20
Where:Levine-Fricke Field – Berkeley
When:Today at3 p.m.
Who to watch:Sophomore Cal ace Marissa Drewrey hasn’t seen much of junior Deanna Menapace.What she has seen,though,she can’t possibly like.
In their lone encounter on Apr.25,2007,the catcher fromLivermore,Calif.reached base in both of herplateappearances,highlighted by a third-inning double to left center.
As the probable starter for today’s contest,Drewery will have to face Menapace again.On the season,shesits atop the pitching leaders in the Pacific-10Conferencewith24wins (3rd),1.75ERA (8th) and248strikeouts (4th) in247innings pitched (2nd).
Didyou know?For the first time in her collegiate career,freshman Alex Holmes was named the Big WestConferencePitcher of the Week on Monday.
The honor comes on the heels of her Saturday complete game victoryover UC Santa Barbara in which she held the Gauchos to one run on seven hits while walking none.
Preview:Heading into today’s contest,the Aggies are0-7when facing the Golden Bears.In their most recent loss last season,the Aggies surrendered14runs totheir Pac-10opponent in a two-game exhibition series at La Rue field.
Butthat was history.
This season the Aggiesare riding a mini hot streak,having won four of their last five andsix oftheir last nine conference games.
A big part of theAggies‘ most recentsuccess has been the sure bat of senior Ashley Johnson,who is batting.625 (5-for-8) in the last three games.
Today’s game willbe the final non-conference match of the regular season for UC Davis.It will alsomarkthe final timeCal seniorsJulie Meyer,Erika Racklin andKatie Vickerssuit up to play at Levine-Fricke Field.
– Matt MillerXXX