UC Davis edged by No. 13 Stanford, 3-2

Feb. 19, 2018

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis kept No. 13 Stanford within striking distance during Monday’s home opener at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium thanks to a two-run homerun from senior center fielder Alex Aguiar, but the Aggies would run out of time to make up the rest of the deficit, lifting the Cardinal to a 3-2 win over UC Davis.

Stanford improves to a 4-0 record overall, while the Aggies fall to an even 2-2 mark.

Stanford was first to get on the board during Monday's home opener at Phil Swimley Field, capitalizing on a throwing error to take an early 1-0 lead. The Cardinal would extend the margin to 3-0 in the top of the fourth after a second throwing error came back to haunt the Aggies.

But UC Davis would make a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth, beginning with a lead-off double to left center from junior Ryan Anderson. Aguiar, who finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon, then boosted the Aggies to within one thanks to a solo shot over the left field wall, keeping UC Davis within striking distance.

The Aggies threatened to tie in the bottom of the eighth after Anderson once again got UC Davis off to a strong start, this time with a lead-off triple that bounced off the center field fence, but the Aggies' rally would be shortlived as a 6-2 throw would beat Anderson to home plate, preventing the tying run from scoring. 

The fans at Phil Swimley Field would see no other scores from either squad for the rest of the game, resulting in a 3-2 win for No. 13 Stanford over UC Davis.

UC Davis starting pitcher Jared Sasaki (0-1) suffered the loss for the Aggies after allowing three runs on three hits through four innings of work. Sasaki’s official debut on the mound came in the Aggies’ first game of the season on the road at CSU Bakersfield when he pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth inning.

Starting pitcher for the Cardinal, Brendan Beck, was credited with the win after allowing two runs on five hits during 5.2 innings on the mound. Sophomore right-hander Jack Little earned his second save of the season after capping off Monday’s game with an inning of scoreless, hitless relief, striking out two in the process.

UC Davis returns to action on Friday as the Aggies host Creighton for a three-game series on Feb. 23-25. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m., 1 p.m., and 1 p.m., respectively.

Stanford 3, UC Davis 2 (02/19/18 at Davis, Calif.)
Stanford............ 100 200 000 - 3 5 2 (4-0)
UC Davis............ 000 002 000 - 2 7 2 (2-2)
Pitchers: Stanford - Beck, Brendan; Styles, John Henry(6); Grech, Zach(8); Little, Jack(9) and
Molfetta,Christian; Handley, Maverick. UC Davis - Sasaki, Jared; Loar, Connor(5);
Trautner, Alex(9); Torres, Joseph(9) and Denholm, Logan.
Win-Beck, Brendan(1-0) Save-Little, Jack(2) Loss-Sasaki, Jared(0-1) T-2:42 A-532
HR UCD - Aguiar, Alex (1).
Weather: Sunny, 51 degrees, wind 10 nnw
Game: UCDBSB04

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and animal science programs.

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