Offense erupts to lift Aggies past Roadrunners, 8-1

Feb. 16, 2018

Box Score

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UC Davis paired a strong performance at the plate with an outstanding effort on the mound by senior right-hander Matt Blais, to help the Aggies take the first of three against the Roadrunners, 8-1, on Friday night at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif.

Five UC Davis starters each tallied at least two hits on the night, including senior Brad Pluschkell, who was 4-for-4 and scored two runs, while senior Ryan Hooper, junior Ryan Anderson, sophomore Logan Denholm, and newcomer Spencer Gedestad each tacked on two hits apiece for the Aggies. Gedestad was 2-for-4 on the night and drove in two RBI for UC Davis in his first career appearance as an Aggie.

UC Davis improves to 1-0 on the season while Bakersfield falls to an 0-1 mark overall.

Blais (1-0), allowed just one run on five hits over eight innings of work before freshman Jared Sasaki made his collegiate debut on the mound, closing out the game with three strikeouts in one inning of scoreless, hitless, relief.

Following a scoreless first three innings, UC Davis' offense came alive, creating a 2-0 advantage in the top of the fourth thanks to a double from junior Caleb Van Blake that knocked in two. The Aggies would cross home plate once more before the end of the inning, and tack on two more in the fifth with back-to-back sacrifice flies from Denholm and senior Alex Aguiar.

RBI-singles from Hooper and Denholm in the top of the sixth would help UC Davis extend its lead to eight before Bakersfield answered back with a run of its own to make it 8-1. But the fans at Hardt Field would see no other scores from either squad for the remainder of the game, lifting UC Davis to an 8-1 victory over Bakersfield.

Starter Aaron Charles (0-1) suffered the loss for Bakersfield, allowing five runs on seven hits across five innings of work—the first of three pitchers on the night for the Roadrunners.

UC Davis resumes action at Hardt Field tomorrow (Feb. 17) at 1 p.m. and closes out the series on Sunday (Feb. 18) with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.

Friday night’s game marked the first appearance in an Aggie uniform for redshirt freshman Spencer Gedestad and freshman right-hander Jared Sasaki.

UC Davis 8, CSU Bakersfield 1 (Feb 16, 2018 at Bakersfield, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 000 323 000 - 8 13 0 (1-0)
CSU Bakersfield..... 000 001 000 - 1 5 1 (0-1)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Blais, Matt; Sasaki, Jared(9) and Denholm, Logan. CSU Bakersfield -
Charles, Aaron; Altamarino, Kevin(6); Moten, Isaiah(7) and Ortega, Jake.
Win-Blais, Matt(1-0) Loss-Charles, Aaron(0-1) T-2:32 A-798
Weather: Calm, cool, and perfect
Game: UCDBSB01

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