UC Davis @ Texas State (W, W, Tie)
In the first series of the season for the UC Davis baseball team, the Aggies took on Texas State on the road and came home with a 2-0-1 record. The Aggies sputtered out of the start in the first game, entering the final inning with a three run deficit. They were, however, able to salvage the day thanks to three runs in the final inning and three more in the extra inning.
The second game of the series saw less nail-biting than the first, with the Aggies breaking a 1-1 tie in the decisive eighth inning. UC Davis finished the game with a 5-2 score after four runs in the last two innings. In the final game, the Aggies were once again forced to tie the game in the ninth inning to send it into extra innings. In the tenth inning, each team scored one run before the game was called due to the Aggies’ impending flight home.
Men’s Basketball (19-4):
UC Davis vs. CSU Fullerton (W, 75-69)
After facing another Big West competitor at home, the Aggies have moved to 11-0 in the Pavilion for the season. This time, it was CSU Fullerton Titans that faced the wrath of the Aggies and left with another mark in their loss column.
UC Davis was led by junior Josh Fox who scored 18 points while making all six of his shots. Four other Aggies were in double figures as the team played without star senior guard Corey Hawkins.
The Aggies were helped in the Big West standings as both UC Irvine and Long Beach State fell in their games on Feb. 14. UC Davis will now head to Long Beach State on Feb. 19 before returning home to play Hawai’i on Feb. 21.
Women’s Basketball (12-10)
UC Davis @ Cal State Fullerton (W, 74-67 OT)
Don’t look now, the UC Davis women’s basketball team is now second in the Big West after four straight conference victories. The Aggies stole a victory against CSU Fullerton after forcing overtime on a free throw by senior forward Sydnee Fipps.
Fipps scored a team high 27 points, with 20 coming in the second half and overtime. Junior forward Alyson Doherty added 16 points and seven rebounds while junior forward Celia Marfone grabbed 12 boards. The Aggies will face Long Beach State at home on Feb. 19.
Peg Barnard Invitational (2nd)
The Aggies began their 2015 Spring season with a bang, grabbing first place on the first day of the Peg Barnard Invitational which featured several highly ranked opponents. Sophomore Paige Lee was outstanding, shooting a career-best 5-under 66 while leading the field. She birdied all four par-5 holes on the first day.
The team cooled off a little bit on the second day, but Lee was able to capture her first collegiate victory after shooting a par 71. The Aggies fell behind Oregon, but finished ahead of No. 6 ranked Stanford and a number of other teams. UC Davis hopes to continue their strong play into the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 23.
UC Davis vs. Seattle Pacific (W, 195.175)
For the first time this season, the Aggies were able to reach a score above 195 points, finishing at 195.175 on their way to a victory over Seattle Pacific. Individual Aggies finished at the top of every category, sweeping the all-around competition. Seattle Pacific was only able to place in two events, finishing third in each. Sophomore Katy Nogaki was able to tie the UC Davis school record on the vault for the second time in under a week.
The Aggies will see two of their next four meets take place at home, with stops at San Jose State and UC Berkeley in between.
Fresno State Kick-Off (W, L, L, L, W)
Traveling to Fresno for five games in three days, the Aggies were able to start off their tournament strongly with a victory over Sacramento State. The team jumped out to a two run lead in the first inning and weren’t challenged after that. Against UC Berkeley, the Aggies were able to hold a 0-0 tie until the third inning when the Golden Bears scored five runs. After that, Cal was unstoppable and finished the game with 13 points to the Aggies’ zero.
A day after losing 0-13 to Cal, the Aggies had to face their Bay Area rival again. For the second time in as many days, the Aggies were unable to put a run on the board and fell 0-8. The second game of the day, against hometown Fresno State, was closer, but the Aggies were unable to make up an early six point deficit and fell 5-8. The last game of the tournament, against Santa Clara University, saw the Aggies finally score a victory after forcing extra innings with three points in the bottom of the seventh.
Men’s Tennis (6-2):
UC Davis vs. Sacramento State (W, 6-1)
UC Davis @ Saint Mary’s (W, 7-0)
After two straight matches were postponed due to rain, the UC Davis men’s tennis team was able to win two straight games to move to 6-2 for the year. The first matchup was against cross-causeway rival Sac State, a competition that saw the Aggies lose just one point. Every matchup, besides the no. 1 singles seed, ended in a UC Davis victory.
The next competition, against Saint Mary’s, saw more of the same as the Aggies were able to sweep their opponent. UC Davis has several matches coming up soon, including a doubleheader on Feb. 22 against University of Nevada, Reno and Sonoma State.
Women’s Tennis (3-5):
UC Davis @ CSU Fullerton
UC Davis @ CSU Northridge
Against CSU Fullerton, the Aggies fell into a quick 0-3 hole, losing the doubles point and two singles matches. Needing a sweep of the remaining points to win the meet, the Aggies pulled together and won four straight singles matches to pull out a victory. Freshman Kristy Jorgensen held the fate of the massive comeback in her hands and won in three sets after losing the second set in a tiebreaker.
In the second match in as many days, the Aggies found themselves defeated quickly after holding a 2-1 lead. UC Davis lost four of six singles matches, with the final victory coming after the decisive fourth point for Northridge. The Aggies will play two more away matches before beginning playing 11 out of their final 12 at home.
Track and Field:
Don Kirby Elite Invitational (No team scores)
Once again, several school records were set as the UC Davis track and field team competed. Senior Katie Barber set a record in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 8.50 inches while senior Ashley Marshall finished the 200-meter in a school best 24.14 seconds. These numbers allowed the senior duo to finish No. 11 and 14 in their respective races.
On the second day, a trio of pole vaulters all reached their season or career bests. Marshall was once again outstanding, nabbing a No. 12 finish in the 60-meter while finishing just short of her record.
With this invitational over, the Aggies will now look forward to the NCAA Indoor Championships which begin on March 11.
Women’s Water Polo (6-6):
Davis Challenge (W, W)
With home-pool advantage, the Aggies were able to sweep their opponents in doubleheader action on Valentine’s Day. The first victory was over No. 11 UC San Diego, one in which the Aggies were able to ride a one point first quarter advantage to a three point victory. Three different Aggies were able to score two goals in the game.
Against unranked Azusa Pacific, UC Davis was led by sophomore Addie Green who scored four goals. Green had one total goal on her resume before the match. Two other players were able to score their first collegiate goals on the way to a 14-7 UC Davis victory.
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