DAVIS, Calif. — Trailing the Bluejays, 8-3, the Aggies made a late comeback in the bottom of the eighth after scoring three runs to reduce the deficit to two, but a ninth and final run from Creighton in the top of the ninth would prove too much to overcome for the Aggies, resulting in a 9-6 victory for Creighton over UC Davis.
The Bluejays improve to 3-2 overall on the season, while the Aggies look to claim the series finale tomorrow (Feb. 25) at 1 p.m. with a 2-4 mark.
Down by one run going into the bottom of the second, the Aggies answered with a double from junior Caleb Van Blake and an RBI-single from sophomore Alejandro Lara to even things up at one apiece.
But the Bluejays began to pull away in the top of the third, scoring the first three runs of what would be a 5-0 run by the Creighton offense, adding on two more in the fourth to gain its largest lead of the game, 6-2.
The bottom of the sixth saw UC Davis cut the lead in half thanks to singles from senior Brad Pluschkell and junior Ryan Anderson, as well as an RBI-double from Van Blake—his second double of the game—to keep the Aggies within striking distance.
After Creighton brought two more across in the top of the eighth, the UC Davis offense posted its highest run total of the afternoon in the bottom half of the inning to get within two of the Bluejays. Senior Alex Aguiar, who finished 1-for-3 and scored one run on the day, began the late rally for UC Davis with a double to left field. Following a walk drawn by sophomore Alejandro Lara, an error by the Creighton defense on a grounder to second base allowed freshman Joseph Myers to reach first safely and Aguiar to cross the plate, helping sway momentum in favor of the Aggies.
Keeping the rally alive, pinch hitter Guillermo Salazar posted his first hit of the season on an RBI-single to center field, boosting UC Davis to within three. A wild pitch allowed the Aggies to get one more across before the end of the inning, but UC Davis would not be able to make up the remaining deficit, lifting Creighton to its first series win of the season by a margin of 9-6.
UC Davis left-hander Chris Brown (1-1) suffered the loss for the Aggies, allowing six runs on six hits over 3.1 innings on the mound. Entering the game in the top of the fourth, freshman Jared Sasaki made his third appearance of the season, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two over 4.1 innings of action. Newcomer Dylan Spezia made his official debut as an Aggie and freshman Joseph Torres closed out the game allowing just one hit.
Mitch Ragan (1-1), one of four pitchers on the afternoon for Creighton, earned his first win of the season after allowing three runs on six hits across six innings of work, while left-handed junior Bobby Kametas tallied his second save of the season after entering the game in the bottom of the ninth and providing an inning of scoreless hitless relief for the Bluejays.
The Aggies return to action tomorrow for the series finale with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
Creighton 9, UC Davis 6 (02/24/18 at Davis, Calif.)
Creighton........... 013 200 021 - 9 11 2 (3-2)
UC Davis............ 010 002 030 - 6 10 2 (2-4)
Pitchers: Creighton - Mitch Ragan; Evan Johnson(7); Jacob Voss(8); Bobby Kametas(9) and
Michael Emodi. UC Davis - Brown, Chris; Sasaki, Jared(4); Trautner, Alex(8); Spezia, Dylan(9);
Torres, Joseph(9) and Denholm, Logan.
Win-Mitch Ragan(1-0) Save-Bobby Kametas(2) Loss-Brown, Chris(1-1) T-3:02 A-272
Weather: cloudy, 58 degrees, wsw 9mph
Trautner, A. faced 1 batter in the 9th.
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