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Friday, February 23, 2024

Softball Preview

Teams: UC Davis at Nevada

Records: Aggies 16-24, Wolf Pack 16-20

Where: Christina M. Hixson Softball Park – Reno, Nev.

When: Tuesday at 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Who to watch: Freshman Elizabeth Santana has made herself comfortable at the plate this year with 31 hits and 15 runs, including two homers.

Santana, from Fontana, Calif., scored the first Aggie run in Sunday’s series-winning game after reaching base on an error.

Her .270 batting average ranks fourth for UC Davis as she has also collected seven doubles and 14 RBI.

Did you know? After winning last weekend’s series against Long Beach State, UC Davis advanced to third in the Big West Conference with a 5-3 record, behind Cal Poly and UC Riverside, respectively.

Preview: Sunday’s game was filled with pink.

The Aggies wore uniforms with pink lettering, and the 49ers showed their support with pink ribbons in their hair as the two teams joined forces with the American Cancer Society and the UC Davis Cancer Center to support the fight against cancer.

Meanwhile, the Aggies showed that they are a strong unit as they came together to defeat the 49ers that afternoon.

“We have great chemistry overall on this team,” coach Karen Yoder said.

Yoder said her squad did a tremendous job in defeating Long Beach State and that this chemistry will also serve the team well when it travels to play Nevada on Tuesday.

The last time UC Davis faced Nevada was in the 2008 campaign, when the Wolf Pack swept the Aggies in a doubleheader by a combined score of 19-5.

In the first game, Alex Holmes pitched 4.1 innings and struck out three batters.

Now Holmes is a junior and she continues to show superiority in the circle as she has held her opponents to a batting average of .274, while striking out 107 and maintaining a 3.06 ERA.

“I’m extremely proud of our pitching staff,” Yoder said after Holmes and Dana Waldusky combined for seven strikeouts and only six hits in game three against the 49ers. “Both pitchers changed the momentum of the game in key situations, and that put us in a position to win.”

– Grace Sprague


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