Aggies' Rally Falls Just Short in 6-4 Loss

John Williams extended hit team-best hitting streak to six games with an eighth-inning single on Friday.
 
John Williams extended hit team-best hitting streak to six games with an eighth-inning single on Friday.
 

March 14, 2014

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis scored four times in the final three innings, but an early burst by visiting New Mexico State was too much to overcome as the Aggies fell, 6-4, in the opener of a four-game series on Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.

Seth Batty and Adam Young each finished with three hits for UC Davis, which fell to 8-9 overall with the loss, despite reaching double-digit hits (13) for the fifth consecutive game. The Aggies of the New Mexico variety improved to 8-9 overall with the win in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck (1-3) suffered the loss, despite settling down after a big NMSU first inning that saw the visiting Aggies send nine batters to the plate and score three runs. Joseph Koerper, Michael Paulson, and Jory Goldstrom, each had RBIs in the inning, and Derek Umphres added a sacrifice fly in the second for a 4-0 lead before Stanwyck regained control.

The senior sat down seven of the next eight batters he faced and allowed only three hits over the next four innings of work, finishing the game with six strikeouts.

Umphres added an RBI single in the fifth for a 5-0 lead before the Aggies began to figure out New Mexico State starter Christopher Bradley (1-2). A pair of singles to lead-off the first got UC Davis started, but the host Aggies could manage just four hits over the first five innings before finding a groove. UC Davis loaded the bases in the sixth, but could not score, before finally breaking through the seventh to spoil the shutout.

Back-to-back one-out singles by Batty and Young got the inning started and UC Davis loaded the bases for the second-straight inning after senior Steven Patterson was hit by a pitch. That brought up Nick Lynch, who butchered a high chopper over the mound that hung in the air and didn't give the defense a play as Batty scored to make it 5-1 and chase Bradley from the game.

 

 

The UC Davis continued to roll off reliever Riley Barr, plating two more runs with two outs with some help from the NMSU defense. Pinch-hitter Brian Ruhm hit a ball in the hole between first and second and beat the throw to the bag for an infield hit, scoring Young. However, the throw to first bounced away, far enough to allow Patterson to score from second, cutting the deficit to 5-3.

A double and sacrifice fly in the New Mexico State's half of the eight pushed its lead back to three runs, but host UC Davis got the run back as John Williams and Batty singled with one out, the former coming home on Young's ground ball for the final 6-4 tally.

Closer Trey Gonzales nailed down his third save of the year despite giving up a one-out single, getting a strikeout and a ground ball to end the game.

Bradley earned the win for New Mexico State, allowing just two earned on nine hits and striking out four. Three Aggies finished with two hits, including Kent Blackstone, who reached in his first three plate appearances and scored all three times.

The two teams continue the series on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader at Dobbins Stadium with first pitch scheduled for Noon. The second game will follow approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the first game.

New Mexico State 6, UC Davis 4 (Mar 14, 2014 at Davis, Calif.)
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New Mexico State.... 310 100 010 - 6 10 2 (8-9)
UC Davis............ 000 000 310 - 4 13 2 (8-9)
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Pitchers: New Mexico State - Christopher Bradley; Riley Barr(7); Trey Gonzales(9) and Taylor Noyer. UC Davis - Stanwyck, Harry; Mullins, Justin(7); Henderson, Spencer(9) and Silva, Izaak; Brann, Spencer.
Win-Christopher Bradley(1-2) Save-Trey Gonzales(3) Loss-Stanwyck, Harry(1-3) T-3:08 A-346