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Friday, July 12, 2024

Softball Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Pacific

Records: Aggies, 17-13 (2-1); Tigers, 21-12 (2-1)

Where: La Rue Field

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

Who to watch: From March. 28 to Apilr. 3, Megan Guzman was on a tear, hitting over .500 and stealing three bags.

The sophomore from Long Beach, Calif. is a rabbit on the base paths, tallying eight stolen bases in eight attempts.

While Guzman has made her presence felt on the offensive side of the ball, she is a mainstay in the outfield. She is only one of two Aggies with more than 20 opportunities to boast a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Did you kKnow? The last time Pacific took a series from UC Davis was in 2008, where when the Tigers won at home. The last time the Tigers won at La Rue Field was over four years ago on April 1, 2007 when they beat the Aggies, 5-2.

Preview: UC Davis got the ball rolling last weekend, taking two of three from Cal State Northridge in Big West Conference play after sweeping the season series against Sacramento State.

After losing the first game to the Matadors by a score of 7-3, the Aggies bounced back in games two and three. UC Davis made short work of Cal State Northridge ace Hannah Frajo in game three, a fact that coach Karen Yoder touted as confidence building.

“I’m really proud of the team,” Yoder said. “Any time you can knock out a team’s ace, it gives your team momentum.

The Aggies hope to continue to ride the wave against the formidable Tigers this weekend.

Pacific comes in with impressive victories over Penn State, No. 8 California, and No. 13 Oregon and currently boasts a three-game winning streak. Pacific took two of three from Long Beach State and one from No. 23 Fresno State on Tuesday.

The Aggies, however, seem to have a huge advantage at La Rue Field with a 9-2 overall home record. UC Davis has also won six straight and surrendered only 19 runs in 11 home games, including three shut outs.

– Matt Wang


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