UC Davis edged in series opener, 5-4

March 9, 2018

Box Score

EUGENE, Ore. — The fans at PK Park saw an impressive battle between the Ducks and the Aggies on Friday night--both on the mound and at the plate--with neither squad able to put up more than one run in each half inning. Sophomore Logan Denholm went 3-for-4 on the night with two RBI and posted his second homer of the season to keep the Aggies within striking distance, but UC Davis would come up short, lifting Oregon to a narrow, 5-4, win over UC Davis.

Oregon improves to 9-3 overall on the season while the Aggies drop to 3-7.

UC Davis set the tone early during Friday night’s series opener, taking a 1-0 lead over the Ducks when a mishandled ball turned senior Brad Pluschkell’s double into a stand-up triple. Pluschkell was later brought home off a sacrifice fly from junior Caleb Van Blake.

After Oregon tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the inning, UC Davis prevented any further damage by the Ducks with a pick off at first from senior right-hander Matt Blais.

The Aggies would go on to regain the lead in the top of the second thanks to a round-tripper over the left field wall by Denholm—his second of the season—to give UC Davis a, 2-1, advantage.

Entering the top of the third tied once again, 2-2, a single to right field by junior Ryan Anderson marked the third consecutive inning in which the Aggies’ lead-off batter safely reached first base. Later that inning, Denholm was up to his old tricks again, helping the Aggies regain the lead, 3-2, with an RBI-single to center field.

But back-to-back runs posted in the third and fourth innings would give Oregon its first lead of the game, 4-3. 

The Aggies then answered back with a run of their own in the top of the fifth, stringing together three consecutive hits including an RBI-single through the right side from senior Ryan Hooper, to tie things up at four apiece. 

The sixth inning would force both squads to look to their bullpens, with left-hander Jesse Hobaica replacing Matt Mercer for Oregon, and left-hander Daniel Barraza relieving Blais for the Aggies.

The Ducks would bring one more run across in the top of the seventh, but the fans at PK Park would see no other scores from either squad, resulting in a 5-4 victory for Oregon.

UC Davis left-hander Daniel Barraza (0-1) was credited with his first loss of the 2018 season after allowing one unearned run on one hit over three innings of work, while right-hander Matt Blais (1-2, 5.79 ERA), who threw the first five innings for UC Davis, allowed four runs on ten hits, striking out six.

Junior right-hander Parker Kelly (4-0, 0.00) maintained his perfect record on the mound and tallied his fourth win of the season after entering in the top of the seventh and allowing just one hit over three innings, while striking out seven. Friday night’s starter for the Ducks, Matt Mercer (2-1, 2.16 ERA) allowed four runs and ten hits over 5.2 innings of work while retiring nine of the 26 Aggies he faced.

UC Davis resumes action against Oregon tomorrow (Mar. 10) with the first game of a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

Oregon 5, UC Davis 4 (Mar 09, 2018 at Eugene, Ore.)
UC Davis............ 111 010 000 - 4 12 1 (3-7)
Oregon.............. 111 100 10X - 5 11 1 (9-3)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Blais, Matt; Barraza, Daniel(6) and Denholm, Logan. Oregon - Mercer, Matt;
Hobaica, Jesse(6); Kelly, Parker(7) and Soderman, Ray.
Win-Kelly, Parker(4-0) Loss-Barraza, Daniel(0-1) T-3:12 A-769
HR UCD - Denholm, Logan (2).
Weather: Just another Friday in the EUG
Blais, M. faced 1 batter in the 6th.
Hobaica, J faced 1 batter in the 7th.
Game: UCDBSB10

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