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Davis, California

Monday, May 27, 2024

Softball Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Riverside

Records: Aggies, 18-25 (7-4); 49ers, 22-23 (7-5)

Where: La Rue Field

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

Who to watch: Alex Holmes is a dual threat.

When San Juan Capistrano, Calif. native is not sitting down hitters and collecting wins in the pitching circle she is collecting hits in the batters box.

In fact, the junior leads the Aggies in hits with 40 and is second on the team in batting average, hitting .303.

She also ranks second in the Big West Conference with 11 wins and 113 strikeouts.

Did you know? The Aggies’ double-header originally scheduled for April 20 at Nevada has been cancelled and will not be made up.

Preview: The Aggies really enjoyed the month of April.

During this span, UC Davis went 8-4 and as a result sits a game and a half out of first place in the Big West.

The Aggies’ pitching staff is led by a pair of workhorses in Holmes and Dana Waldusky.

Together the duo has started all but five games this season, and have a combined earned run average of 3.43.

The pitching has been even more effective since the Aggies began Big West Conference action about one month ago.

Since starting league play, UC Davis has been giving up 2.63 runs per contest while scoring 3.18 per game.

The Aggies would love a little more offense to compliment their recent pitching, though.

That offense will start at the top of the lineup with freshman Elizabeth Santana.

The Fontana, Calif. local is batting .299 at the leadoff position after going 7-for-12 with three runs scored and two RBI in the Aggies’ most recent series against Cal State Fullerton.

One area in which Santana, and the Aggies in general, have had trouble is stolen bases.

Santana has been caught all four times she has attempted to steal and the Aggies have only nabbed 33 bases all season.

This is compared to the 60 bases opponents have stolen off the Aggies this season.

– Jason Alpert and Max Rosenblum


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