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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Softball Preview

Event: The Aggie Stampede

Teams: UC Davis vs. Iona; No. 12 Stanford; San Jose State; Sacramento State; Saint Mary’s; No. 13 California

Records: Aggies, (8-13); Gaels, (3-4); Cardinal, (15-3); Spartans, (16-5); Hornets, (5-14); Gaels, (6-6); Golden Bears, (16-4)

Where: La Rue Field

When: Monday at 1:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.; week of spring break

Who to watch: Freshman Megan Guzman has yet to be caught stealing and she is third in the Big West Conference with five stolen bases.

The Long Beach, Calif. native’s 17 hits land her at seventh in the conference for that category.

Guzman has posted four RBI and is also fifth in the league with 11 runs scored.

Did you know? UC Davis will conclude non-conference play with seven consecutive home matches.

League games begin on Apr. 2 with a doubleheader against Cal State Northridge.

Preview: On Thursday afternoon, the Aggies split a doubleheader with the Broncos of Santa Clara.

Freshman Elizabeth Santana went 4-for-4 with an RBI in the first game, and Jessica Gonzalez knocked in the game-winning run in the eighth inning.

Pitcher Dana Waldusky picked up a complete game victory after posting five strikeouts and allowing just five hits in eight innings.

The Aggies were then held scoreless through six innings of the second game as the Broncos galloped away with the 4-0 victory.

Gonzalez, Santana and junior Bianca Castillo had two hits each in the game, while Guzman and senior Michelle Espiritu each posted one. In total, UC Davis out hit Santa Clara 19-10.

In addition, the Aggie pitching staff struck out a combined 10 batters.

Next, UC Davis will take on Iona in another home doubleheader.

The Gaels will come off two wins against Fairleigh Dickinson and Norfolk State – two games in which Iona outscored its opponents 24-7.

During the following week UC Davis will host No. 12 Stanford and San Jose State.

Last time the Aggies faced the Cardinal was in 2008 when Jessica Hancock struck out nine and gave up just two runs for the eventual 2-0 loss.

The Aggie Stampede will conclude UC Davis’ non-conference games, as it will face Sacramento State, Saint Mary’s and California.

The Aggies will also look to seal a Causeway sweep as they face the Hornets for the third and final time this season. A UC Davis win will clinch the Causeway Cup for the Aggies.

– Grace Sprague


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