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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

UC Davis softball dominates first game but cannot maintain hot bats throughout series

The Aggie hitters were feeling good on the first game of Saturday’s double header. They managed to score eight runs, all the while shutting out the Gauchos and winning the first game of the series, 8-0. Junior designated player Caitlin Voss drove in two RBI and scored two runs on a pair of hits for the day. She supplemented junior second baseman Chandler Wagner’s extraordinary hitting performance. Wagner drove in four RBI on two hits.

UC Davis’ hot hitting was not the only story on Saturday’s first game, as sophomore pitcher Justine Vela pitched five innings of shutout ball. She struck out five batters and only allowed three hits on her way to the victory.

The Aggies’ second game of the double header was another impressive pitching performance by UC Davis. However, they simply could not find the bats to give the pitchers any run support. Senior Jessica Thweatt threw six innings and only allowed a run on five hits. The brilliant performance was wasted however due to the lack of hitting on the part of the Aggies. They managed only two hits against equally dominating Highlander pitching, eventually losing the game 1-0.

In the final game of the series, UC Davis once again pitched well but did not drive in any runs. The Aggies were shutout in two of the three games this series, losing the final game by the score of 1-0 as well.

UC Davis leaves the series with an overall record of 17-21 and a conference record of 4-7. They are currently sixth in the conference, behind Cal Poly who is 6-8 in conference and 17-26 overall.

The Aggies will host Pacific on April 17 before traveling to UC Riverside for a weekend series.

KENNETH LING can be reached at sports@theaggie.org.


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