UC Davis drops home shootout to Huskies

Senior Cameron Olson slugged his second home run of the season to punctuate a three-run first inning on Saturday against UConn. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
March 11, 2017

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DAVIS, Calif. - Alex LeFevre and Keith Krueger each had bases-clearing doubles to key a pair of big innings, and visiting UConn took advantage of five UC Davis errors on the day en route to a 9-6 win and a series victory over the host Aggies on Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.

The loss was the seventh in the last eight games for UC Davis, which fell to 4-9 overall on the season. The Huskies improved to 8-4 overall with the win, claiming their fourth consecutive victory.

After a shaky first inning that put UConn in an early hole, Wills Montgomerie (4-0) stayed perfect on the mound, surrendering four runs on six hits and striking out 10 over seven innings of work. Three relievers combined to allow just two hits the rest of the way as John Russell came on and struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his second save of the series and his fifth overall on the year.

Orlando Razo (2-2) suffered the loss for the Aggies, allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits, walking three and striking out one over just four innings.

UC Davis got off to a strong start, striking for three runs in the first against Montgomerie for the early lead. Jacob Thomas was hit by a pitch to lead off the home half, moved to second on a wild pitch, and came home when Ryan Anderson's seeing-eye single found its way through the 5-6 hole for a 1-0 lead.

Four pitches later, senior Cameron Olson left the yard via right field, slugging his second home run of the season just to the right of the Dobbins Stadium scoreboard to make it 3-0 before Montgomerie got a strikeout and a ground ball to stop the bleeding. Olson's blast was the 11th of his career, which places him fifth on the program's Division I list, and gave the Aggies nine long balls in 13 games after slugging just three in the same number of contests last season and 16 for all of 2016.

From that point on, however, it was all Huskies, who scored six unanswered runs beginning with a big blast by LeFevre in the second. A lead-off double and a pair of walks around a strikeout loaded the bases for LeFever, who found open space down the right field line to clear the bases and tie the game at three-all.

Tyler Gnesda's two-out RBI single in the third after an error that would have ended the inning gave UConn the lead for good, and the Huskies tacked on single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, helped along by two more errors in the field. Krueger then capped the scoring -- again with two outs -- with a double to left after back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases once again.

UC Davis tried to to claw its way back in it, scoring a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Ignacio Diaz, who followed up a 4-for-4 performance in the opener with a 2-for-3 day at the plate on Saturday, and two more in the eighth thanks to a balk and an RBI double by Mark Cardinalli for the final margin.

The Aggies stranded six on the day -- five of those in scoring position.

Anderson, who also finished with two hits to share team-high honors with Diaz and Alex Aguiar, also scored three times while collecting his team-best eighth multi-hit game of the season. He has hits in 11 of the team's 13 games and has reached base safely in all but one contest.

UC Davis will look to salvage a win in the series finale on Sunday (March 12) at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

UConn 9, UC Davis 6 (Mar 11, 2017 at Davis, Calif.)
UConn............... 031 101 300  -  9  8  0      (8-4)
UC Davis............ 300 001 020  -  6  8  5      (4-9)
Pitchers: UConn - Montgomerie, Wills; Dandeneau, CJ (8); Rossomando, Ronnie (8); Russell, John (9) and LeFevre, Alex; Susi, Zac. UC Davis - Razo, Orlando; Brown, Chris (5); Blais, Matt (7); Lara, Andres (9) and Diaz, Ignacio.
Win - Montgomerie, Wills (4-0)  Save - Russell, John (5)  Loss - Razo, Orlando (2-2)  T-3:15  A-321
HR UCD - Olson, Cameron (2).
Razo faced 1 batter in the 5th.