Beavers sweep Aggies in Saturday twinbill

Sophomore Ryan Anderson finished 4-for-7 with his third home run of the season in Saturday's doubleheader against No. 7 Oregon State. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
March 4, 2017

Box Score - Game 1 | Box Score - Game 2

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- UC Davis sophomore slugger Ryan Anderson finished with four hits and drove in the only two runs of the day for the visiting Aggies as No. 7 Oregon State swept a doubleheader by the scores of 4-0 and 14-2 on Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.

The two losses dropped UC Davis to 3-5 overall on the year heading into Sunday's series finale scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The Beavers improved to 9-1 overall with the wins, outhitting the Aggies, 23-8, in the two games.

Anderson had a pair of hits in both games, including slugging his team-best third home run of the season in the nightcap to plate a pair. Junior Brad Pluschkell finished with a pair of singles, while Mark Cardinalli and Elijah Ontiveros added base hits -- the latter only the second hit of Ontiveros' career to lead-off the seventh inning.

GAME 1: Oregon State 4, UC Davis 0
Oregon State left-hander Luke Heimlich struck out 10 while limiting the UC Davis bats to just three hits in the opener, as the Beavers shutout the Aggies, 4-0.

Sophomore Ryan Anderson finished with two of his team's three hits, lacing a single to right in the first inning and adding a seventh-inning base hit through the left side to pace the offense.

After both teams left runners on in the first, Oregon State was the first on the board with a pair in the second on an RBI double by Andy Atwood and a single up the middle by Cadyn Grenier for a 2-0 lead. The Beavers later added single runs in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Adley Rutschman and the seventh on a double by Nick Madrigal for the final 4-0 advantage.

Heimlich (2-0), who did not walk a batter, retired 14 consecutive hitters at one point until junior Brad Pluschkell collected a single up the middle in the sixth, and did not allow a baserunner to reach second base before leaving after eight innings of work. Jake Mulholland then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting a pair of strikeouts around a ground ball to end the game.

Sophomore left-hander Robert Garcia (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing the four runs on seven hits while striking out a pair over seven innings. In his second career relief appearance, junior Connor Loar allowed a lead-off single in the eighth before getting a fly ball and a 4-6-3 double play to record a scoreless inning.

GAME 2: Oregon State 14, UC Davis 2
The host Beavers sent 11 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the first inning to put the game away early, out-hitting the Aggies 15-5 for the game and cruising to a 14-2 win in the nightcap.

The first five batters of the game reached base safely against reigning Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week Orlando Razo (2-1), as Oregon State drew a pair of walks, collected five singles, and added a triple in the frame en route to an 8-0 lead. Razo struck out a pair in the frame to stop the bleeding and pitched a scoreless second and third frames against the Beavers before leaving after only four innings in the loss.

Oregon State tacked on a run in the seventh and four unearned runs in the eighth, taking advantage of a pair of UC Davis errors.

The Aggies broke up the shutout in the fourth as Jacob Thomas drew a one-out walk off starter Sam Tweedt (3-0) -- the only free pass of the day issued by the sophomore right-hander -- and Anderson, who reached on an infield single to lead-off the second, cleared the fence in left field two batters later for UC Davis' only runs of the game.

The first of three pitchers on the day for Oregon State, Tweedt allowed only the two runs on three hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings of work for the win.

For the Aggies, sophomore Blake Hannah pitched a scoreless fifth, giving up a hit and a walk, but was backed up by his defense, which turned two early in the inning to help him get out of a jam. Junior Daniel Barraza struck out two and was charged with only one earned run over 2.2 innings of work in his UC Davis debut, while freshman Andres Lara struck out one in his one-third of an inning.