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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Softball preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Fullerton

Records: Aggies, 19-16 (4-2); Titans, 16-17 (4-2)

Where: LaRue Field

When: Friday at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.; Saturday at noon

Who to watch: Alex Holmes knows how to keep runners off the base paths. If they somehow find a way on, she doesn’t let them score, either.

A San Juan Capistrano, Calif. native, Holmes has allowed just 115 runners to reach base in 108.2 innings of work this season (1.07 WHIP). The sophomore’s impressive 1.03 ERA is tops in the Big West Conference. Teammate Jessica Hancock ranks second (1.19 ERA).

Did you know? Holmes can get it done with the bat, too. Her 13 RBI are tied for second on the team, trailing only Kelly Harman (15 RBI).

Preview: The UC Davis softball team has been hot as of late, winning four of its past five.

The Aggies are most recently off a sweep of conference foe Pacific. UC Davis won the first two contests of the series on Saturday by a combined score of 8-1. It then rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to knock off the Tigers 5-4 on Sunday to complete the sweep.

Visiting Cal State Fullerton has also had its share of success as of late. The Titans picked up a 2-1 series win against UC Riverside over the weekend.

Cal State Fullerton is in a three-way tie with UC Davis and Cal Poly for second place in the Big West. The Titans have pieced their solid conference showing together despite their offensive struggles. They’re hitting a league-worst .218 as a team.

The Titans are led by starting pitcher Ari Cervantes. The sophomore is 11-9 with a 2.47 ERA. She’s thrown complete games in all 18 of her starts.


Adam Loberstein


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