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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Softball Preview

Teams: UC Davis at Pacific

Records: Aggies, 13-22 (2-1); Tigers, 14-19 (2-1)

Where: Bill Simoni Field – Stockton, Calif.

When: Saturday at noon, 2 p.m.; Sunday at noon

Who to watch: Hurler Dana Waldusky currently sits at fourth in the Big West Conference with 80 strikeouts, after sitting down 20 batters who struck out looking.

With five wins and a total of 101.0 innings in the circle, the freshman out of Glendora, Calif. has an ERA of 3.95 good for the 10th spot in the league.

Earlier this season, Waldusky threw six innings against No. 13 California when she gave up just four hits and struck out four batters.

Did you know? UC Davis ranks third in the conference with 219 hits and fourth in the conference with a batting average of .255.

The Aggie offense is also aided by 28 stolen bases and a total of 89 RBI.

Preview: After kicking off the season with a bang against Cal State Northridge, UC Davis was defeated 17-0 by Stanford on Tuesday.

Earlier that day, Stanford moved up to No. 8 in the nation in the USA Today and National Fastpitch Coaches Association polls.

Senior Marissa Araujo went 2-for-2 in the game, including a double in the second inning.

Despite the non-conference loss, the Aggies are tied for second in the Big West.

Next, UC Davis will end a seven-game road trip as it takes on Pacific in the second league series of the campaign.

In last year’s series against the Tigers, graduate Jessica Hancock began the three-game sweep by striking out six batters from the circle in a complete game 1-0 victory.

Alex Holmes carried the momentum into the second game as she pitched six full innings, striking out four batters and allowing just one run on seven hits.

Game three was tighter, but the momentum kept rolling.

Holmes, Sarah Axelson, Rachel Miller and Kelly Harman posted an RBI apiece in the 5-4 win.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Harman delivered a single down the right field line to drive in the game-winning run.

– Grace Sprague



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