Stanford scores early to top Aggies in mid-week battle

Feb. 28, 2017

Box Score

STANFORD, Calif. -- Junior Guillermo Salazar finished 2-for-3 at the plate and sophomore Ryan Anderson drove home a run with a fifth-inning single for visiting UC Davis, but host and No. 22-ranked Stanford scored early to run out to a big lead and cruise to an, 8-2, victory over the Aggies on Tuesday evening at Sunken Diamond.

The loss evened UC Davis' record at 3-3 overall on the season as the Aggies kicked off a string of five straight games against a trio of Pac-12 Conference opponents -- two of which are ranked among the top 25 this week. After losing their first two games of the season, the Cardinal have now won six straight, improving to 6-2 on the year.

Making his first start of the year, Salazar finished 2-for-3 on the night with a double and a run scored, just two days after driving in two runs in the series finale against Utah Valley. The two hits on Tuesday tied a career high last set in back-to-back games at Cal Poly on May 27-28 of last season.

Stanford scored five times in the first two innings, taking advantage of an error after a lead-off double in the first and getting back-to-back run-scoring hits later in the inning for a 3-0 lead. A pair of RBI doubles staked the Cardinal to a five-run advantage before the Aggies were able to break up the shutout in the fourth.

Held to just four base runners through the first three innings on a pair of hit batters, a walk, and a single by senior Cameron Olson, Salazar kicked-off the UC Davis rally with a one-out double and stole third base before Ignacio Diaz worked a walk. With runners at the corners and Ryan Hooper at the plate, a wild pitch got away from the Cardinal catcher, allowing Salazar to score to make it 5-1.

The Aggies answered a Stanford run in its half of the fourth with a run in the fifth as Alex Aguiar singled to left, stole second and third, and scored two batters later on Anderson's two-out single to left that made it 6-2.

That would be all UC Davis would be able to muster, collecting singles by Salazar and Jacob Thomas, and a walk by pinch hitter Steve Ouellette in his ninth-inning Division I debut the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Stanford tacked on single runs in the fifth and eighth -- the latter on the last of three errors committed by the Aggies' defense -- to cap the scoring.

UC Davis stranded 10 runners on base, leaving five in scoring position, for the game.

Sophomore left-hander Chris Brown (0-3) suffered the loss in his first start of the season, allowing four earned on six hits over two innings while striking out a pair. Brett Hanewich (1-1) earned the win, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out five over five innings, while Will Matthiessen earned his second save of the year, throwing four scoreless innings while giving up just two hits.

Hits by Olson, Anderson, and Aguiar, extended their respective hitting streaks to four games on the night, joining Hooper with the longest such streaks on the year. Meanwhile, Thomas, Aguiar, and Anderson, have now all reached base safely in all six contests this season.

The second weekend series of the year for the Aggies begins on Friday (March 3) at 5:35 p.m., as UC Davis travels to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State. The Beavers are ranked in the top 10 in five major national polls, standing as high as No. 4 according to both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball rankings.

Games two and three of the series are scheduled for 1:35 p.m. on Saturday (March 4) and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday (March 5).

No. 22 Stanford 8, UC Davis 2 (Feb 28, 2017 at Stanford, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 000 110 000  -  2  6  3      (3-3)
Stanford............ 320 110 01X  -  8 15  0      (6-2)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Brown, Chris; Peters, Blake (3); Blais, Matt (6); Hannah, Blake (8) and Roberts, Houston; Diaz, Ignacio; Ontiveros, Elijah. Stanford - Hanewich, B.; Mattheissen(6) and Dunlap, A.; Handley, M..
Win-Hanewich, B.(1-1)  Save-Mattheissen(2)  Loss - Brown, Chris (0-3)  T-2:52  A-821
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