Aggies fall at Oregon to close road trip

Junior Ryan Hooper set a career high with three hits on Monday night at Oregon. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
March 6, 2017

Box Score

EUGENE, Ore. -- Jacob Thomas and Ryan Hooper each finished with three hits on the night, but host Oregon scored three times in the third inning and never looked back, cruising to a 7-2 win over the Aggies on Monday night at PK Park in Eugene, Ore.

UC Davis suffered its fifth consecutive defeat, falling to 3-7 overall on the season. The Ducks, coming off a series win over Mississippi State last weekend, improved to 7-4 on the year.

Thomas finished with singles in the first and fourth innings and added a sixth-inning double, matching his career-high output set against Utah Valley on Feb. 28, and equalled at Arizona State on March 11 of last season. Meanwhile, Hooper, who had two hits four times last season, reached base via singles in each of his last three at-bats and scored the Aggies' second run of the game on an RBI double by Garret Kelly in the sixth.

Junior right-hander Matt Blais (0-1) earned his first start and was charged with four runs (two earned) on eight hits, walking five, and striking out one, in the loss. Zack Noll (1-0) earned the win, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out four in five innings, while Isaiah Carranza picked up the save, allowing a run on five hits over the final four innings, striking out two.

Four Aggie pitchers combined to strand 12 Ducks on the bases -- leaving eight in scoring position -- and induce a pair of double plays, but could not overcome nine walks on the night, three of which came around to score.

A throwing error with the bases loaded trying to turn an inning-ending double play, led to a pair of runs for Oregon in the third, and the Ducks added a third run in the frame on an RBI single by Spencer Steer for the 3-0 advantage. Thomas then led off the fourth with a single and moved all the way to third on an error in the outfield to set the table for sophomore Ryan Anderson, whose ground ball was enough to plate his teammate and cut the deficit to two runs.

Oregon got the run back on a two-out RBI single by Gabe Matthews, and added two more in the sixth on a bases clearing triple by Matthew Dyer with two outs to break the game open. Kelly's double in the seventh inched UC Davis closer, but the Ducks capped the scoring with a single run in the eighth, loading the bases on three walks and scoring when the Aggies traded a run for two outs on a 4-6-3 double play.

Matthews and Steer led the way with three hits apiece for Oregon, which finished with 11 hits on the night. Catcher Tim Susnara did not record an at bat in the game, responsible for drawing five of the Ducks' nine walks on the night.

UC Davis opens a stretch of five consecutive games at Dobbins Stadium before the start of finals this week, welcoming Penn State in for a single game on Wednesday (March 8) at 2:30 p.m., before UConn pays a visit for a three-game series this weekend. First pitch on Friday (March 10) in the series opener is scheduled for 2 p.m., with a 1 p.m. start on both Saturday and Sunday.

Oregon 7, UC Davis 2 (Mar 06, 2017 at Eugene, Ore.)
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UC Davis............ 000 100 100  -  2  9  2      (3-7)
Oregon.............. 003 102 01X  -  7 11  1      (7-4)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Blais, Matt; Brown, Chris (5); Peters, Blake (6); Stone, Zach (8) and Diaz, Ignacio. Oregon - Noll, Zack; Carranza, Isaiah(6) and Susnara, Tim.
Win - Noll, Zack (1-0)  Save - Carranza, Isaiah (1)  Loss - Blais, Matt (0-1)  T-3:18  A-820