Aggies sports action from May 18 to 24
UC Davis vs. Cal Poly (L, W, W)
After faltering over the last few weeks of the season and losing six games in a row, the Aggies finally broke through and ended the Big West play with two straight wins. UC Davis played at home against Cal Poly for the final series of the regular season, losing the first matchup 12-5. The Aggies came out to an early one-run lead, but allowed eight runs in the fourth inning and never made up the difference. Two UC Davis players accounted for six of the eight total hits for the day.
After the loss the Aggies rebounded with two straight against the visiting Mustangs. Senior pitcher Spencer Koopmans recorded the win for the first game, with Cal Poly scoring only three runs. The final game of the series was senior night for the Aggies, with a number of UC Davis players playing their final Big West game. The team won behind the pitching of senior Raul Jacobson, who struck out four, and a home run from senior Austin March.
After finishing fourth in an extremely successful NCAA Regionals, the Aggies headed to Bradenton, Fla., to play in the NCAA Finals. The tournament is structured so there are a number of cuts, with the top 15 teams advancing after three days of play and the final eight making it past four rounds. UC Davis ended the first day on the edge, landing in 14th place after lightning shortened the round. Sophomore Paige Lee was the highest placed Aggie at No. 23.
Play was once again suspended on the second day, but not before UC Davis made a meteoric jump to No. 5. While Lee dropped to No. 34, junior Betty Chen nabbed No. 22 behind a par-72 round. Junior Andrea Wong tied Lee for 34th place after shooting a pair of 4-over 76’s.
The third day of play saw the Aggies fall to No. 9 on the leaderboards, enough to squeeze into the fourth round. Both Wong and Chen shot higher than 80 throughout the day, running into a three way Aggies tie with senior Blair Lewis at No. 57 individually. Lewis shot the best for the day, with a 1-over 73, but Lee remained the top ranked Aggie. The Aggies advanced to the fourth day after finishing the third round within the top 15.
This tournament is still in progress.