Softball heads to UC Davis for final road trip of season

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Laura Peltakian

Titan Softball (19-19) heads north for their final road trip this season to take on future Big West rival the UC Davis Aggies (7-38) for three non-conference games at La Rue Field.

UCD, who will officially join the Big West Conference in 2006-07, are in their second of four years in reclassification from the NCAA Division II to Division I status.

The weekend games mark the first time the two teams have ever been matched up against each other.

The Aggies are 3-14 at home after picking up two wins in their series against UC Riverside last weekend, ending their 13 consecutive losses. UCD is 3-17 against the Big West, all three wins were picked up from the UCR Highlanders.

The Titans are 6-3 in away games after losing all three games to Long Beach State last week at the 49er Softball Complex.

Leading the Aggies offense is junior Stacey Benzing with a .270 batting average and a single home run for the season, which she earned last weekend against the Highlanders.

Aggies sophomore pitcher Lindsay Tognetti and junior pitcher Rachel Kelly share the pitching circle.

Tognetti (0-13) has a 3.34 ERA, 70 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .243, while Kelly (5-13) has a 3.39 ERA, 77 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .268.

Tognetti also holds the most RBIs for the team with nine this season.

The Aggies as a team are only hitting .195, while the Titans as a team are hitting .237.

Senior Lindsey Bashor leads the Titan offense with a .336 batting average and six home runs for this season.

Titan sophomore pitcher Candice Baker and junior pitcher Marissa Marzan have seen the most time on the mound.

Baker (8-9) has a 2.39 ERA, 91 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .199, while Marzan (8-5) has a 2.40 ERA, 53 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .257 this season.

Baker also holds the most RBIs for the team with 19 this season.

UCD’s first year Head Coach Karen Matteson is rebuilding her team after the team lost four seniors last year who helped the Aggies hold a 2004 overall record of 26-26.

Matteson is hoping to have her team ready to enter the Big West Conference in 2007.

She said in an interview after last Sunday’s game that her goal for her team was to beat a future Big West competitor and that her team exceeded her goals by taking two from the UCR Highlanders.

The Aggies hit a season-high three home runs in Sunday’s game against the Highlanders. The Aggies opponent teams are hitting .261 against them, while the Titans opponent teams are hitting .241 against them.

The weekend’s games begin on Saturday at noon for a doubleheader and conclude on Sunday in a single game also beginning at noon p.m at the La Rue Field.

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