Aggies Win Two to Open Gifford Tourney

Senior Adam Young drove home three key runs to help the Aggies to a pair of wins over Santa Clara and Pacific on Friday night at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament.

March 7, 2014

Box Score (Santa Clara) | Box Score (Pacific)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The UC Davis baseball team opened the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament with a pair of one-run victories on Friday night in Santa Clara, Calif., defeating the host Broncos, 3-2, before edging former conference rival Pacific by the score of 4-3 in the nightcap at Schott Stadium.

The wins snapped a three-game losing streak for the Aggies, who improved to 6-7 overall on the year. Santa Clara fell to 6-9 overall while the Tigers' record was evened at 8-8 with the loss.

Senior infielder Adam Young drove in three key runs on the night, plating the winner with a sac fly in the opener while his two hits in the nightcap tied the game and provided UC Davis a much-needed cushion.

The Aggies' bullpen was steller in relief of starters Spencer Koopmans and Harry Stanwyck, as Raul Jacobson, Orlando Razo, and Zach Stone, combined to allow just one unearned run on five hits and striking out eight over 5.2 innings in the two victories.

UC Davis continues tournament play this weekend in San Jose, Calif., with a pair of games on Saturday and Sunday at co-host San Jose State. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, from Municipal Stadium.

Adam Young's sacrifice fly with one out in the seventh drove home pinch-runner Brian Ruhm with the go-ahead run and the Aggies' bullpen allowed just three hits over the final 3.1 innings, helping UC Davis to the 3-2 victory over Santa Clara in its tournament opener.



Junior right-hander Raul Jacobson (2-0) earned the win in relief for the Aggies, entering in the sixth and shutting down the Broncos. He allowed just two hits and struck out four in two innings of work before true freshman Zach Stone took over in the eighth, pitching the final 1.1 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out a pair to nail down his second career save.

Jason Seever (0s-1), the second of four pitchers for Santa Clara, suffered the loss for the Broncos, allowing an unearned run and a hit while striking out two in two-thirds of an inning.

After the two teams traded runs in the sixth, the Aggies struck for the winner in their half of the seventh with some help from the Santa Clara defense. Pinch-hitter Tanner Bily walked to lead off the inning and moved to second with one out when Seth Batty reached on an error, chasing Seever from the game in favor of Chris Heckert.

Junior Kevin Barker singled to load the bases for Young, who lifted a deep fly ball to left, scoring Ruhm for the one-run lead. Heckert escaped any further damage, getting a ground ball to end the inning.

The Broncos -- who left 10 runners on base for the game -- couldn't rally for the equalizer, stranding two runners in the seventh and eighth, and leaving the tying run on base in the ninth to close out the contest.

Barker got the Aggies on the board first, leading off the game with his first home run of the season (and third of his career) over the centerfield wall for the early 1-0 lead. A double steal by the Broncos tied the game in the fourth before UC Davis regained the lead in its half of the sixth on an RBI single by Austin March, scoring Young for the 2-1 advantage.

An error in the sixth brought home the tying run for the Broncos, setting the stage for Young's winner the next inning.

Barker, who logged his team-best seventh multi-hit game of the season, was one of two Aggies with two hits on the day as March finished 2-for-4. Spencer Brann, Spencer Henderson, and Evan Heptig, also finished with hits for UC Davis.

Zach Looney finished 3-for-4 for Santa Clara to lead all hitters.

UC Davis 3, Santa Clara 2 (Mar 07, 2014 at Santa Clara,Calif.) (Game 1)
UC Davis............ 100 001 100 - 3 7 2 (5-7)
Santa Clara......... 000 101 000 - 2 9 2 (6-9)

Pitchers: UC Davis - Koopmans, Spencer; Jacobson, Raul(6); Stone, Zach(8) and Brann, Spencer. Santa Clara - WILSON; SEEVER(6); HECKERT(7); GEORGE(8) and BERMAN. Win-Jacobson, Raul(2-0) Save-Stone, Zach(2) Loss-SEEVER(0-1) T-3:18 A-343 HR UCD - Barker, Kevin. Weather: 66 Degrees and Sunny.

Steven Patterson's two-run triple broke up a 1-1 tie in the seventh and Adam Young's RBI single in the ninth proved to be the difference as the Aggies rallied and hung on for a 4-3 win over Pacific to close out day one at the tournament.

Senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck (1-2) earned his first win of the season with his second-straight gem of a start, allowing two runs on five hits in 6.2 innings of work and striking out seven. Mike Hager (2-1) suffered the loss for the Tigers, charged with three runs on eight hits and striking out six in 6.2 innings.

Sophomore Gio Brusa's RBI double in the first gave Pacific the early lead, and Hager held the Aggies' bats in check through six, allowing just five hits and stranding six on base -- three of those in scoring position -- before UC Davis finally broke through in the seventh.

Back-to-back one out singles by Evan Heptig and John Williams at the bottom of the order set the stage for Young, who laced a single to centerfield with two outs to tie the game and chase Hager from the game. With reliever Bryce Lombardi on the hill, Patterson, who had his six-game hitting streak snapped in the opener against Santa Clara, came through with the big hit, lining a triple to score Young and John Williams to make it 3-1.

After a Curtis Gomez RBI single in the seventh brought Pacific back to within a run, Young added an RBI single in the ninth for a much-needed UC Davis insurance tally as the Tigers would not go quietly late in the game. Taylor Murphy led off the Pacific half of the ninth with a triple to left center off reliever Zach Stone and would score on an error on the play to make it 4-3.

However, much like the Aggies' first game of the day, Stone settled down and close the door for his third save of the season, sandwiching a fly ball between a pair of strikeouts to clinch the victory.

Four UC Davis hitters finished with a pair of hits for the game as Young, Patterson, junior catcher Izaak Silva, and Heptig, combined for eight of the team's 10 hits. J.J. Wagner was 2-for-4 to lead Pacific's offense.

UC Davis 4, Pacific 3 (Mar 07, 2014 at Santa Clara, Calif.) (Game 2)
UC Davis............ 000 000 301 - 4 10 2 (6-7)
Pacific............. 100 000 101 - 3 7 1 (8-8)

Pitchers: UC Davis - Stanwyck, Harry; Razo, Orlando(7); Stone, Zach(8) and Silva, Izaak. Pacific - HAGER, M; LOMBARDI, B(7); AROBIO, V(8) and YAKEL, J. Win-Stanwyck, Harry(1-2) Save-Stone, Zach(3) Loss-HAGER, M(2-1) T-2:50 A-328 Weather: 58 Degrees and Clear.