Roadrunners halt Aggies in series finale

Feb. 18, 2018

Box Score

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UC Davis twice rallied to match pace with CSU Bakersfield, but was unable to complete the sweep of the Roadrunners on Sunday afternoon, as Bakersfield took game three of the series with a 14-7 victory at Hardt Field.

UC Davis falls to 2-1 on the season while Bakersfield improves to 1-2 overall. The Aggies return to action tomorrow (Feb. 19) for their home opener against Stanford, while the Roadrunners cap off their four-game homestand against Saint Mary’s.

Trailing by seven after two innings of play, UC Davis threatened in the top of the third reducing the deficit to three. Senior Ryan Hooper's lead-off double set the tone for UC Davis, starting what would be a four-run inning for the Aggies. Following a single from Brad Pluschkell and two consecutive hit by pitches, sophomore Alejandro Lara made it 7-4 with a 2-RBI single to centerfield. 

The Aggies later came within two in the top of the fifth thanks to a solo shot from junior infielder Caleb Van Blake, but the Roadrunners would answer in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own, then tack on four more in the bottom of the sixth.

UC Davis rallied in the top of the ninth, getting two more across with a 2 RBI single up the middle from redshirt freshman Spencer Gedestad. But the seven-run deficit would prove too much to overcome for the Aggies, lifting Bakersfield to a 14-7 victory over UC Davis.

UC Davis starting pitcher Blake Hannah (0-1) suffered the loss for the Aggies after allowing seven runs on five hits across 1.1 innings of work—the first of four Aggie pitchers to step on the mound Sunday afternoon. Freshman right-hander Ryan Rodriguez made his collegiate debut on the mound for UC Davis in the bottom of the seventh, allowing just one hit across two scoreless innings and striking out two in the process.

Starting pitcher for Bakersfield, Davonte Butler (1-0), was credited with the win for the Roadrunners allowing five runs on eight hits across five innings of work, while Jordan Ragan earned his first save of the season after allowing two runs on two hits across four innings pitched.

Sunday’s game marked the first appearance in an Aggie uniform for freshman right-hander Ryan Rodriguez and the second for redshirt freshman Colton Evans, who also appeared as a pinch hitter in Saturday’s game. 

The Aggies return to action tomorrow (Feb. 19) at 2 p.m. for their home opener against Stanford at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium.

CSU Bakersfield 14, UC Davis 7 (02/18/18 at Bakersfield, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 004 010 002 - 7 10 4 (2-1)
CSU Bakersfield..... 430 034 00X - 14 15 1 (1-2)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Hannah, Blake; Barraza, Daniel(2); Weiser, Tim(5); Rodriguez, Ryan(7) and
Roberts, Houston. CSU Bakersfield - Butler, Davonte; Ragan, Jordan(6) and Ortega, Jake.
Win-Butler, Davonte(1-0) Save-Ragan, Jordan(1) Loss-Hannah, Blake(0-1) T-3:24 A-677
HR UCD - Van Blake, Caleb.
Weather: 35.142753, -120.641283 weather
Game: UCDBSB03

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