Event: San Diego Classic
Teams: UC Davis vs. Utah; San Diego; Oregon; Colorado State
Records: Aggies, 7-3; Utes, 7-8; Toreros, 1-8; Ducks, 6-9; Rams, 9-6
Where: San Diego, Calif.
When: Saturday at 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
Who to watch: Senior Jessica Hancock isn’t the only pitcher on the UC Davis roster.
Sophomore Alex Holmes is also getting the job done from inside this circle. She’s 3-2 with a 0.85 ERA in five starts this season.
The San Juan Capistrano, Calif. native has also recorded 30 strikeouts and tossed three complete games, one of which went for a shutout.
Did you know? When UC Davis and Utah step on the field Saturday afternoon, something will seem familiar.
That’s because the Aggies and Utes faced off against each other earlier this season. Utah won the 4-3 game at the Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. on Feb. 15.
Preview: For those who have followed the UC Davis softball team so far this season, they have discovered one thing for certain: The Aggie pitching staff is good. Really good.
Three pitchers have combined for a 0.81 ERA, 70 strikeouts and five shutouts so far this season, with Hancock and Holmes doing the brunt of the work.
After taking a break from tournament style play for a week, the Aggies are traveling to the San Diego Classic, where they will play four games in a little over a 24-hour span.
UC Davis opens things up with Utah. The Utes‘ leading hitter, junior Kara Foster, went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored against the Aggies earlier this season.
The Derby, Kan. native boasts .341/.431/.795 vital line on the season with six home runs and 10 RBI.
Utah is struggling as of late. It lost all five of its games at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. last weekend.
UC Davis will then face a San Diego team whose only victory this season came against Boise State in a tournament the Toreros hosted.
On Sunday, the Aggies will match up with Oregon, a squad led by power-hitting sophomore Monique Fuiava. The Las Vegas native has belted six home runs on the season and is slugging .857.
UC Davis will finish play against Colorado State, the only opponent they’ll face this weekend with a winning record. The Rams are led offensively by sophomore Caitlan Stem. She’s hitting .434 this season.
– Max Rosenblum