Aggies rally past Rebels for first victory

Junior left-hander Orlando Razo earned his first win in almost two years, going six innings on Sunday at UNLV. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
Feb. 19, 2017

Box Score

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- After spotting tournament host UNLV a three-run lead in the third, the UC Davis baseball team scored eight unanswered runs from the fifth inning on, getting three hits from senior Jacob Thomas and solid performances on the mound to lift the Aggies to an, 8-3, win over the Rebels on Sunday afternoon at Earl W. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.

UC Davis bounced back from an opening day loss to improve to 1-1 on the year after its first game of the day against Omaha was canceled due to weather. UNLV, which rolled to a 20-3 win over the Mavericks in its season opener, fell to 1-1 on the season.

Junior left-hander Orlando Razo (1-0), making his first start since going down with an arm injury against Hawai'i in 2015, earned his first win since March 14 of that season against Fresno State, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings of work, striking out three. Three Aggie relievers -- Blake Peters, Chris Brown, and Zach Stone -- then combined to scatter just four hits over the final three innings out of the bullpen to secure the win.

Blaze Bohall (0-1) -- the third of five Rebel arms on the day -- took the loss in relief, allowing two runs on two hits in in the decisive seventh inning. Starter Larry Quaney took the no decision after holding the Aggies to just a single run on two hits over six innings of work.

Thomas tied his career high with three hits on the day, including slugging his first home run -- a two-run shot -- as an Aggie in the eighth inning, and drove in a career-high three runs. Junior Ryan Hooper also left the yard for UC Davis' first hit of the game to break up the shutout, while sophomore Garret Kelly added two hits off the bench after coming in as a defensive replacement in the seventh.

UNLV sent eight batters to the plate in its big inning, receiving RBIs from Nick Rodriguez and Nick Ames, while scoring a third via a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, Quaney was dealing holding the Aggies to only four base runners via three walks and an error before UC Davis began to chip away.

Hooper led-off the fifth with a shot over the center field wall -- the second home run of his career -- to make it a two-run contest and, after going down in order in the sixth, UC Davis exploded against the Rebels' bullpen in the seventh to take the lead for good.

Again, Hooper led the way, drawing a one-out walk and was on second after a wild pitch when Mason Novak drew another base on balls to put two on for Thomas, who lined a single to right to drive home a run and make it 3-2. Novak went to third on the play and Thomas stole second to put a pair in scoring position for Alex Aguiar, who was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

After a fly out that wasn't deep enough to score the tying run, Mark Cardinalli came to the plate and made sure that run would score, lacing a double through the right side that scored a pair, bringing the Aggies all the way and give them a, 4-3, advantage. A wild pitch later in the inning plated Aguiar for a two-run advantage and UC Davis tacked on three more in the eighth on an RBI single by Novak and Thomas' two-run shot to cap the scoring.

Stone then closed out the game for the Aggies, getting a double-play after a lead-off single to key a scoreless eighth, and avoided a big ninth inning by stranding the bases loaded, inducing Bryson Stott into a game-ending ground ball.

It's a quick turnaround for UC Davis, which hosts Pacific in its home opener on Tuesday (Feb. 21) at 2 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium. The Aggies then welcome Utah Valley in for a three-game series beginning Friday (Feb. 24) at 2 p.m.

UC Davis 8, UNLV 3 (02-19-17 at Las Vegas, Nev.)
UC Davis............ 000 010 430  -  8  9  2      (1-1)
UNLV................ 003 000 000  -  3 11  2      (1-1)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Razo, Orlando; Peters, Blake (7); Brown, Chris (7); Stone, Zach (8) and Diaz, Ignacio. UNLV - QUANEY, Larry; RICHY, Paul(7); BOHALL, Blaze(7); SCHULTZ, Andrew(8); CLARK, Connor(9) and SQUIER, Payton.
Win- Razo, Orlando (1-0)  Loss-BOHALL, Blaze(0-1)  T-3:03  A-0
HR UCD - Hooper, Ryan (1); Thomas, Jacob (1).