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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Softball Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Virginia; vs. No. 3 Washington; vs. No. 13 Arizona; vs. BYU
Records: Aggies, 9-17; Cavaliers, 16-5; Huskies, 23-1; Wildcats 16-4; Cougars 13-7
Where: Titan Softball Complex — Fullerton, Calif.
When: Thursday at 9 a.m.; at 11 a.m.; Friday at 3:30 p.m.; at 7:30 p.m.
Who to watch: Senior Kelly Harman is making a huge impact for the Aggies in her final season at UC Davis. Harman leads the team with a .422 on-base percentage and 10 runs scored on the year.
The senior, who split her time between shortstop and first base in the Aggie Stampede II, tallied two home runs in addition to driving in the winning run against Idaho State.

“She’s a multi-talented athlete,” said coach Karen Yoder. “I’m proud of her.”

Did you know? This weekend’s Judi Garman Tournament in Fullerton will be the Aggies’ fourth tournament in Southern California in just five weeks. Unfortunately for UC Davis, it is only 3-10 when playing in Southern California.

With conference play starting on March 31 against UC Riverside, the Aggies will need some big wins this weekend in order to have some momentum going into the regular season.

Preview: UC Davis faces stiff competition in the Judi Garman Tournament, as they will face a couple of nationally ranked teams in No. 3 Washington and No. 13 Arizona.
The Aggies’ opener against Virginia will be a great challenge for the Aggie batters, as the Cavalier pitching staff has an impressive 1.82 ERA this season.
In the second game, UC Davis will have an opportunity to avenge an 11-3 loss earlier in the season to the Huskies. Washington, with a great balance of offense and pitching, has gotten off to a scorching 23-1 start that has propelled them to a No. 3 national ranking.
UC Davis’ bats will need to be hot when it plays the high-powered offense of Arizona, which averages almost seven runs per contest. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 137-32 on the year and show no signs of slowing, seeing that they have shutout their opponents in six of their seven straight victories.
The final game of the weekend could be the Aggies’ easiest competition when they face BYU. The Cougars are led by Delaney Willard, who is fifth in the nation with a .500 batting average.

— Doug Bonham


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