Aggies open Big West with a bang, 12-3

Junior Nat Hamby struck out three in a perfect three innings of work to nail down his second save of the year.
March 27, 2015

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis sent 10 batters to the plate as part of a five-run first inning to set the tone, while senior Spencer Koopmans and junior Nat Hamby combined on a five-hitter, helping lift the host Aggies to a 12-3 win over UC Riverside in the Big West Conference opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.

The win was the fourth straight for UC Davis, which improved to 15-7-1 overall and 1-0 in league play, opening conference with a victory for the first time since its debut season in 2008 and extending its winning streak to four consecutive games. The Highlanders dropped their third straight in falling to 10-16 overall and 0-1 in the Big West.

Koopmans (2-2) was touched for three runs on five hits while striking out three in six innings of work, but was put at ease by his offense, which struck early and often off UCR starter Angel Landazuri (1-4). Hamby locked down the final three innings, facing the minimum while striking out three, to earn his second save of the year.

After two quick outs to start the first inning, the Aggie hitters figured out Landazuri, as Nick Lynch drew a walk and Austin March singled as part of a run of six consecutive hits to put UC Davis in front. Spencer Henderson (RBI single), Izaak Silva (two-run single), John Williams (RBI double), and Evan Heptig (RBI infield single), all drove home runs in the opening frame, staking the Aggies to a 5-0 lead.



The bats continued to heat up for two more runs in the second as Silva beat out a ground ball in the hole at short, driving home Lynch and Spencer Henderson when the throw to first got away, to make it 7-0.

Stunned, UC Riverside battled back to get three of the runs back in the third, all with one out, on a single by Robby Witt and a two-run single by Mark Contreras, to make it 7-3, but that would be as close as the Highlanders would get. A single run in the sixth on a safety squeeze by Lipson, and four more in the seventh on RBI hits by Williams (double) and Lipson (two-run triple) around a sac fly by Tanner Bily, capped the scoring and put the game well out of reach.

Landazuri allowed seven earned on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out five, while two Riverside relievers were touched for four runs on three hits over the final 2 1/3 innings of work.

Silva and Williams led the Aggies with three hits apiece, while Silva and Lipson each drove in three runs. With a 2-for-4 day at the plate, Lipson extended his hitting streak to a team-best nine games, tying Kevin Barker for the longest by a UC Davis hitter this season.

Eight different Aggies collected at least one hit, helping UC Davis to its 10th game with 10-or-more hits this season, while notching its sixth game with double-digit runs.

The two teams meet in game two of the series on Saturday (March 28) at 1 p.m., with the Aggies scheduled to send sophomore left-hander Orlando Razo (4-1, 1.97 ERA) to the mound against the Highlanders' Kevin Sprague (2-3, 3.52 ERA).

UC Davis 12, UC Riverside 3 (Mar 27, 2015 at Davis, Calif.)
UC Riverside........ 003 000 000 - 3 5 3 (10-16, 0-1 BIG WEST)
UC Davis............ 520 001 40X - 12 13 0 (15-7-1, 1-0 BIG WEST)
Pitchers: UC Riverside - Landazuri, Angel; Dunyon, Joie(6); Compton, Max(7) and Ellis, Matthew. UC Davis - Koopmans, Spencer; Hamby, Nat(7) and Silva, Izaak; Ontiveros, Elijah.
Win-Koopmans, Spencer(2-2) Loss-Landazuri, Angel(1-4) Save-Hamby, Nat (2) T-2:31 A-257
Weather: sunny, slight breeze