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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Softball Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Pacific

Records: Aggies, 18-25 (7-4); Tigers, 19-25 (5-6)

Where: Bill Simoni Field – Stockton, Calif.

When: Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Who to watch: Dana Waldusky is fairly new to college softball.

That hasn’t stopped the freshman from Glendora, Calif. from throwing 129.2 innings in the circle and ranking third in the Big West Conference with 103 strikeouts.

Waldusky has started in 29 of her 33 appearances and has posted seven wins, including one on Saturday against Cal State Fullerton.

Did you know? After taking two games off the Titans last weekend, the Aggies won their third conference series and moved to third place in the Big West.

Preview: Apr. 10 was a good day for a ball game.

In fact, it was a day for both the Aggies and the Tigers to take a game off each other.

The next day, however, didn’t prove to be as nice.

A rainy forecast forced the two teams to postpone the rubber match of the series to today.

Coach Karen Yoder said after game one of the series that she had to tip her hat to Pacific, who capitalized offensively with two homeruns.

Sarah Axelson had a long shot of her own in that game to give UC Davis its only run and to account for the 2-1 loss.

According to Yoder, it was the type of game where if you could take back two pitches – those two homers – there may have been a different ending to the story.

Runs were hard to come by for the Tigers in the second game as Aggie hurler Alex Holmes posted four strikeouts and allowed only five hits.

“Holmes’ pitches moved quite well in her complete-game victory,” Yoder said. “She put our team in position to win and she did a good job.”

Holmes also played a key role in the UC Davis offense, as she accompanied Axelson and Elizabeth Santana, all of whom collected two hits on the day in the 2-1 victory.

“It was an evenly-matched doubleheader,” Yoder said. “You could really tell the Tigers came together and fought hard against our team.”

– Grace Sprague


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