Aggles Fall in First Causeway Battle

Freshman Brian Ruhm launched a grand slam in the seventh for his first career home run on Tuesday against Sacramento State.
 
Freshman Brian Ruhm launched a grand slam in the seventh for his first career home run on Tuesday against Sacramento State.
 

April 15, 2014

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior Adam Young finished with three hits and freshman Brian Ruhm slugged a grand slam and drove in five runs, but it wasn't enough as visiting Sacramento State used a seven-run fourth to break open a tight game en route to a 15-7 mid-week win over UC Davis on Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.

The loss dropped the Aggies to 16-17 overall heading into their weekend road series at UC Riverside beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. The Hornets won their eighth-straight over their Causeway rivals, improving to 22-14 overall on the season.

Sophomore right-hander Max Cordy (1-3) suffered the loss, charged with four runs on five hits in three innings of work. Julian Barron (1-1) was credited with the win in relief for Sacramento State, throwing three innings of shutout baseball, scattering three hits.

Tuesday marked Young's fifth, three-hit game of the year, tying him with Nick Lynch for the most on the team and helping power a 12-hit attack -- the third time in the last four games, and the 15th time overall, that UC Davis has reached double digits in the hits column.

Ruhm, who redshirted all of 2013 and entered the day with just three hits overall on the year, made his first career home run a "grand" one in the seventh after entering as a defensive replacement in the top half of the inning, and added a sac fly in the ninth to account for the Aggies' final five scores.

After spotting the Hornets a pair of runs in the top of the first, UC Davis rallied to tie the game with single runs in their half of the first two innings on RBI singles by Lynch and Evan Heptig, who finished 2-for-4, to make it 2-2.


 

 

Sacramento State took the lead for good on a sacrifice fly by David Del Grande in the third and broke things wide open in the fourth, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring seven times. Run-scoring hits by by four different batters keyed the inning, including a two-run double by Kyle Moses to start the scoring.

UC Davis had base runners in each of the next two innings, but were held to without a hit until Ruhm's grand slam in the seventh, while Sacramento State's Rhys Hoskins (three-run) and Will Soto (two-run) added home runs in th seventh and ninth innings, respectively, to cap the scoring.

Sophomore Tanner Bily was 1-for-2 with three runs scored, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances thanks to three walks, while Seth Batty also had a pair of hits at the top of the lineup.

Moses finished 4-for-5 to lead all hitters for the Hornets, who had all nine starters record hits on the day -- six with multiple hits on the day. Nathan Lukes was 2-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored to lead the top of the line up, which set the table by finishing 8-for-13 with 10 runs scored and five RBI.

Following Thursday's series opener at UC Riverside, the Aggies will make a pair of appearances on ESPN3.com against the Highlanders as games two and three will be streamed live online thanks to the Big West Conference's broadcast agreement with ESPN. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m., with Saturday's finale beginning at 1 p.m. Links to the broadcasts are available on the baseball schedule page on UCDavisAggies.com

Sacramento State 15, UC Davis 7 (Apr 15, 2014 at Davis, Calif.)
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Sacramento State.... 201 700 302 - 15 19 2 (22-14)
UC Davis.................. 110 000 401 - 7 12 1 (16-17)
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Pitchers: Sacramento State - Paderez,Jared; Barron,Julian(3); Humphry,Sterling(6); Ragsdale,Austin(7); Perry,Chad(9) and Pollman,Gunner. UC Davis - Cordy, Max; Parucha, Robert(4); Detko, Connor(4); Williams, Zach(7); Henderson, Spencer(7); Lanza, Craig(9) and Brann, Spencer.
Win-Barron,Julian(1-1) Loss-Cordy, Max(1-3) T-3:11 A-795
HR SAC - Hoskins,Rhys (7); Soto,Will (3).
HR UCD - Ruhm, Brian (1).
Cordy faced 1 batter in the 4th.