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Davis, California

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Softball Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Idaho State; vs. Sacramento State
Records: Aggies, 6-14; Bengals, 3-13; Hornets 8-8
Where: La Rue Field
When: Friday at 2 p.m.; Saturday at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Who to watch: The Aggies have seen a strong season from junior outfielder Megan Guzman. Hitting .322 on the year, Guzman leads all UC Davis starters in batting average and with eight runs scored.

The speedy junior from Long Beach, Calif., who finished second in the Big West Conference last year with 18 stolen bases, continues to be elusive on the base paths with a perfect six for six in stealing attempts.

Did you know? Eleven out of the first 20 games for UC Davis have been decided by two runs or fewer. The Aggies, who have gone 5-6 in these contests, will certainly have a lot of experience in tight game situations when they enter conference play.
“We weren’t quite as close in [last year’s] games as we are this year,” said coach Karen Yoder. “Talking with the upperclassmen, we are extremely optimistic; we have good depth in certain spots and we realize this is all seasoning and preparation for Big West play.”
Preview: UC Davis is hoping to gain some momentum at home in the Aggie Stampede II this weekend. The Aggies hope to perform well in front of the home fans, as they play at La Rue Field for the first time in three weeks.

UC Davis plays its first of three games against the offensive juggernaut Idaho State on Friday. Aggie pitchers, including junior Jessica Thweatt and freshman Justine Vela, will have their hands full, as the Bengals are averaging over fours runs per contest this season.

Rival Sacramento State, who UC Davis will face twice over the weekend, also brings in a well-balanced attack with five of their batters hitting over .300 on the year.

The Aggie Stampede II rolls through the weekend and continues through Tuesday, when UC Davis will face off with Colorado State.

— Doug Bonham


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