Hawai'i hangs on to take series opener, 5-3

April 5, 2018

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. — Junior infielder Cameron Briggs led the UC Davis offense for the second consecutive game posting a 3-for-4 finish with two runs scored and one RBI in the Aggies' series opener against Big West rival, Hawai'i, on Thursday afternoon. The Aggies kept the Rainbow Warriors in striking distance, trailing by two until the top of the eighth, but UC Davis could not make up the rest of the deficit, lifting Hawai’i to a 5-3 victory at Dobbins Stadium. 

The Aggies fall to 8-16 overall and 1-3 in Big West play, while the Rainbow Warriors improve to a 17-10 mark on the season with a 3-1 league record. 

After a pair of walks and an RBI-single got Hawai’i off to a quick 1-0 lead in the first, an error by the UC Davis defense helped give the Rainbow Warriors a 2-0 advantage before the end of the inning. 

Hawai’i would tack on another run in the second, after another UC Davis error turned a single into a triple for the Rainbow Warriors.  

But the Aggies would begin to chip away at the deficit in their half of the second, leading off the inning with a drawn walk by Logan Denholm, who advanced to second on a passed ball, then reached third on a groundout by Caleb Van Blake. A double down the left field line off the bat of Cameron Briggs put UC Davis on the board before a hit-by-pitch at bat for Alex Aguiar—also hit in the fourth—brought the go-ahead run to the plate in center fielder Garret Kelly. On the fourth pitch of the at bat, Kelly sent a scorcher down the left field line to bring Briggs across, with a chance to tie things up a three apiece as Aguiar rounded third. But an outstanding 7-6-2 relay by the Rainbow Warriors would prevent any further damage by the Aggies, limiting UC Davis to a two-run inning. 

Hawai’i answered in the third with its' second one-run inning of the afternoon, jumping to a 4-2 lead. 

But the Aggies continued to battle in their half of the inning, starting a one-out rally with a single to center field by Briggs before senior right fielder Ryan Hooper came to the plate. A wild pitch sent bouncing off the back stop advanced Briggs up to third before completing his trip around the bases off an RBI-groundout by Hooper to get the Aggies within one, 4-3. 

Both squads fell silent over the next three innings until the 'Bows brought one more across in the eighth. UC Davis limited any further damage by Hawai'i in the remainder of the inning after a quick throw down to third by Denholm picked off Hawai’i’s lead runner to keep it a two-run ball game. But the fans at Dobbins Stadium would see no other scores from either squad, lifting Hawai’i to a 5-3 win. 

Briggs paced the UC Davis offense for the second game in a row, posting a pair of singles and one double to finish 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored. In the Aggies’ 7-3 win over San Jose State on Tuesday, Briggs finished 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring one and driving one across.

Kekai Rios led Hawai’i with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate, scoring one with one RBI. Rios was 4-for-4 tallying singles in the first, third, fifth, and seventh innings before flying out to right field in the ninth. 

Matt Blais suffered the loss for the Aggies after allowing two earned runs on 10 hits and striking out five over seven innings of work. 

Jackson Rees notched his third win of the season after allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking four over seven innings on the mound. Dylan Thomas recorded his eighth save for the Rainbow Warriors after allowing just one hit over two innings. 

The Aggies and the ‘Bows are scheduled to meet for game two of the series tomorrow (Apr. 6) at 2:30 p.m.

With heavy rain in the forecast, any updates regarding this weekend’s games will be posted at UCDavisAggies.com as well as on the UC Davis Baseball schedule page as they become available. 

Hawaii 5, UC Davis 3 (04/05/18 at Davis, Calif.)
Hawaii.............. 211 000 010  -  5 15  1      (17-10, 3-1)
UC Davis............ 020 100 000  -  3  8  2      (8-16, 1-3)
Pitchers: Hawaii - Rees, Jackson; Thomas, Dylan(8) and Murray, Tyler. UC Davis - Blais, Matt;
Barraza, Daniel(8); Loar, Connor(9) and Denholm, Logan.
Win-Rees, Jackson(3-0)  Save-Thomas, Dylan(8)  Loss-Blais, Matt(2-4)  T-2:41  A-75
Weather: cloudy, 66 degrees, S 9mph

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