Hooper's heroics help Aggies split series vs. St. John's

March 4, 2018

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DAVIS, Calif. — After dropping the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, 8-0, to No. 21 St. John’s, the Aggies answered back with a 10-6 victory in the afternoon, highlighted by a grand slam from senior right fielder Ryan Hooper that bounced off the left field foul post, helping UC Davis split the series and snap the Red Storm’s eight-game winning streak.

St. John’s will enter its next game against LIU Brooklyn with an 8-1 overall mark. The Aggies improve to 3-6 on the season as they look ahead to a four-game series at Oregon next weekend.

After St. John’s jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second, the Aggies kept the Red Storm within striking distance thanks to an RBI-double from Hooper and an RBI-single through the left side by freshman Tanner Murray.

The bottom of the third would see another two-run inning from the Aggies, which included singles from Ryan Anderson and Logan Denholm, and an RBI-double from Alex Aguiar—all on two outs—to give UC Davis its first lead of the afternoon, 4-3.

A scoreless fourth inning was followed by another lead change in the top of the fifth, with the Red Storm taking a one-run advantage, 5-4.

But a six-run effort by the UC Davis offense in the bottom of the fifth would mark the third lead change of the day as 10 Aggie batters came to the plate. After senior Brad Pluschkell reached on an error, a bunt from Caleb Van Blake would put a runner in scoring position and bring the go-ahead run to the plate. Back-to-back walks would temporarily tie things up at five apiece, before an RBI-single up the middle from Denholm gave UC Davis a 6-5 adavantage.

No outs and the bases loaded, Hooper gave the Aggies a five-run cushion with his second home run of the season after a long ball to left field caught the edge of the foul pole.

The Red Storm would reduce their deficit to four in top of the sixth, but the fans at Dobbins Stadium would see no other scores from either squad, lifting UC Davis to a 10-6 win over No. 21 St. John’s.

Freshman right-hander Jared Sasaki (1-1) was credited with his first win of the season after allowing one run on three hits over two innings of work while senior left-hander Daniel Barraza capped off the day for the Aggies with three innings of scoreless, hitless relief while striking out three.

Right-hander Joe Kelly (1-1) suffered the loss for St. John’s after allowing six runs on three hits over one inning of work—one of five hurlers to take the mound for the Red Storm.

In the first game of the day, St. John's jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, 2-0 . Senior Jamie Galazin and graduate student John Valente each added on to the Red Storm’s campaign with solo shot home runs in the top of the third and fifth, respectively. The Red Storm would tack on four more before the end of the game, extending their winning streak to eight.

UC Davis right-hander Matt Blais (1-2) suffered the loss for the Aggies after allowing eight runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings of work. Entering the game in the sixth inning, junior Alex Trautner allowed just three hits over 1.2 innings on the mound, while freshman left-hander Brock Moffitt threw two innings of scoreless hitless relief, striking out four of the seven batters he faced.

St. John’s sophomore right-hander Sean Mooney (3-0) was credited with the win after allowing just three hits over five innings of work for the Red Storm.

The Aggies return to action on Mar. 8 with the first of four games on the road at Oregon. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., 6 p.m., 2 p.m., and 12 p.m., respectively.

St. John's 8, UC Davis 0 (03/04/18 at Davis, Calif.)
St. John's.......... 201 023 000 - 8 12 1 (8-0)
UC Davis............ 000 000 000 - 0 7 2 (2-6)
Pitchers: St. John's - MOONEY, Sean; MAGEE, Kevin(6); HENRY, Chris(9) and MASCARELLA, Wyatt;
HOGAN, Ryan. UC Davis - Blais, Matt; Trautner, Alex(6); Moffitt, Brock(8) and Denholm, Logan;
Roberts, Houston.
Win-MOONEY, Sean(3-0) Loss-Blais, Matt(1-2) T-2:29 A-125
HR SJU - VALENTE, John (2); GALAZIN, Jamie (1).
Weather: Cloudy, 43 degrees, N 4 mph
Game: UCDBSB08

UC Davis 10, St. John's 6 (03/04/18 at Davis, Calif.)
St. John's.......... 030 021 000 - 6 11 2 (8-1)
UC Davis............ 022 060 000 - 10 9 2 (3-6)
Pitchers: St. John's - LoPRESTI, Michael; BELGE, Jeff(4); KELLY, Joe(5); LaSORSA, Joe(6);
HOLLOWELL, Gavin(8) and BOSELLI III, Rob. UC Davis - Brown, Chris; Sasaki, Jared(5);
Barraza, Daniel(7) and Denholm, Logan.
Win-Sasaki, Jared(1-1) Loss-KELLY, Joe(1-1) T-3:02 A-147
HR SJU - VALENTE, John (3).
HR UCD - Hooper, Ryan (2).
Weather: Sunny, 53 degrees, N 4 mph
Brown, C. faced 2 batters in the 5th.
Game: UCDBSB09

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