Big inning sinks Aggies in midweek battle with No. 2 Cardinal

April 10, 2018

Box Score

STANFORD, Calif. — Senior Ryan Hooper and junior Ryan Anderson each finished 1-for-3 at the plate, while redshirt freshman Colton Evans drove a run across in the Aggies' ninth inning rally, but a four-run effort from host and No. 2-ranked Stanford in the fifth lifted the Cardinal to a 7-2 win over UC Davis on Tuesday night at Sunken Diamond. 

The Aggies will enter this weekend’s Big West series at Cal Poly with a 9-18 overall mark, while the Cardinal improved to 24-5 on the season. 

Stanford scored three times in the first three innings, taking advantage of an error and a lead-off double in the third, and bringing across the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly. A single, a double, and a two-run homer in the fifth boosted the Cardinal to a 7-0 advantage before the Aggies answered late with two runs in the ninth to avoid the shutout. 

Held to five base runners through eight innings of play on a trio of singles, a walk, and a hit batter, freshman Joseph Myers worked a walk to begin the Aggies’ one-out rally in the ninth. A passed ball moved Myers to second before Houston Roberts drew another walk for UC Davis, both advancing 90 feet on a second passed ball that got away from the Cardinal catcher. A groundout to the shortstop by pinch hitter Colton Evans gave UC Davis its first run of the night, before Roberts crossed the plate on yet another passed ball. 

But the Aggies would not be able to make up the rest of the deficit, resulting in a 7-2 victory for Stanford. 

Anderson and Hooper led the Aggies 1-for-3 with a single on the night, while pinch hitter Colton Evans recorded the Aggies’ lone RBI in the ninth. UC Davis stranded six runners on base, leaving half in scoring position. 

Blake Hannah (1-4) suffered the loss for UC Davis after allowing three runs on five hits over three innings of work. Brendan Beck (5-0) was credited with the win for the Cardinal after allowing three hits and striking out six over six innings of work—one of five Stanford hurlers to take the mound on Tuesday night. 

The third Big West series of the year for the Aggies begins on Friday (April 13) at 6 p.m., as UC Davis travels to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to take on Cal Poly. The Mustangs hold a 1-5 conference record after posting a 5-4 victory over CSUN on Mar. 31, then enduring a three-game sweep by Cal State Fullerton.

Games two and three of the series are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday (April 14) and 1 p.m. on Sunday (April 15).  

Stanford 7, UC Davis 2 (04/10/18 at Stanford, Calif.)
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UC Davis............ 000 000 002  -  2  3  1      (9-18)
Stanford............ 012 040 00X  -  7 10  0      (24-5)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Hannah, Blake; Barraza, Daniel(4); Erwin, Brett(6); Lara, Andres(8) and
Denholm, Logan; Roberts, Houston. Stanford - Beck, Brendan; Weiermiller, Austin(7);
Grech, Zach(8); Stowers,Kyle(9); Bakst,Daniel(9) and Carter, Bryce.
Win-Beck, Brendan(5-0)  Loss-Hannah, Blake(1-4)  T-2:22  A-903
HR STAN - Stowers,Kyle (6).

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