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Davis, California

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Softball Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Santa Clara

Records: Aggies, (6-3); Broncos, (0-6)

Where: La Rue Field

When: Wednesday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Who to watch: Junior infielder Jessica Gonzalez has posted seven hits this season, leading the Aggies with two doubles.

The Cameron Park, Calif. native was one of two Aggies to start all 54 games in the 2009 campaign.

This year, her .565 on base percentage and five RBI land her at fourth in the Big West Conference in both categories.

Did you know? The Aggies defeated the Broncos 4-1 when the two teams met last season, marking one of Santa Clara’s 49 losses of the year.

In six games this year the Broncos have only managed to put two runs on the board to their opponents’ combined 44.

Preview: After splitting two games last weekend at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles, the Aggies prepare to take on Santa Clara in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday.

UC Davis faced Santa Clara in the 2009 home opener at La Rue Field almost one year ago today.

In that matchup, then senior Jessica Hancock threw a complete-game victory, striking out 11 batters.

Junior Alex Holmes’ two-RBI single in the sixth inning drove in the go-ahead run. The Aggies scored two more later in the frame for the 4-1 final.

This time, the Broncos will be coming off six straight losses – two to each Fresno State, San Jose State and Pacific.

The Spartans and Tigers shut out the Broncos a combined four times, scoring a total of 11 runs each.

UC Davis will be coming off a loss to No. 4 UCLA, a game that coach Karen Yoder believes to have been a learning experience for her squad.

So far this year, Yoder has said the Aggies have proven to battle and to handle themselves well, win or lose.

She’s expressed optimism for the season, praising the offensive performances of Sarah Axelson, Gonzalez and Elizabeth Santana in particular.

– Grace Sprague


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