Teams: UC Davis at Cal State Fullerton
Records: Aggies, 16-24 (5-3); Titans, 9-32 (4-5)
Where: Anderson Family Field – Fullerton, Calif.
When: Saturday at noon, 2 p.m.; Sunday at noon
Who to watch: Marissa Araujo finished the 2009 season with 13 doubles ranking first for the Aggies and third in the Big West Conference.
In the 2009 campaign, the senior from Indio, Calif. delivered a pair of doubles on two occasions – once against Fresno State and once in game two of the Cal State Fullerton series.
Did you know? The Aggies have set foot on Titan soil five times this season at the DeMarini Invitational.
Only one of these games resulted in an Aggie victory, but none of the five were against the hosting Cal State Fullerton.
Preview: While Dana Waldusky and Alex Holmes teamed up to throw a shutout in game one against Long Beach State last weekend, the two pitchers were also backed by a solid offense.
Araujo, Holmes, Jessica Gonzalez, Elizabeth Santana and Kylie Fan each delivered at least one hit during that game.
Additionally, Santana, Fan and Holmes combined to post four RBI in the 5-0 win.
“We took advantage of some opportunities in the first couple of innings with runners in scoring position,” said coach Karen Yoder. “Anytime you can do that, it really sets the tone for the rest of the game.”
As Yoder emphasized, it’s always a top priority to capitalize with runners in scoring position.
While the pitching staffs of each team dominated the second game of the series, Yoder said game three was a different story in terms of the Aggies’ performance at the plate.
“We didn’t do a very good job,” Yoder said. “We took a step back offensively but we’re going to pick it up.”
In fact, UC Davis will need to bring its A-game to the plate come Saturday afternoon, as Cal State Fullerton collected a total of 27 hits in last weekend’s series against Cal Poly.
– Grace Sprague