Errors undo Aggies in series finale

Former UC Davis baseball mentor Phil Swimley meets with the Aggies prior to first pitch against Cal Poly on Sunday after a ceremony naming the field after the long-time Hall of Fame head coach. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
April 15, 2017

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Visiting Cal Poly took advantage of seven UC Davis errors, including three in the seventh to push across the go-ahead runs, then held of a ninth-inning rally by the Aggies for a 9-6 victory in the finale of a three-game Big West Conference series on Saturday afternoon at the newly minted Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium.

UC Davis fell to 10-19 overall and 3-6 in conference play on the year, scoring three runs in the ninth and putting the tying run on deck before the Mustangs closed it out. Cal Poly, which scored five unearned runs on the day, improved to 15-19 overall and 6-3 in league games.

Back-to-back RBI singles by Caleb Van Blake and Ryan Anderson staked the Aggies to the early lead, and an RBI double by Jacob Thomas had the home team up by a pair in the fifth before the wheels fell off.

Four straight hits to start the sixth -- highlighted by an RBI double from Kyle Marinconz and an RBI single from Michael Sanderson -- tied the game for Cal Poly at 3-all, before the Mustangs were the benefactors of three-straight errors to start the seventh to score a pair of runs for a 5-3 lead.

Bradlee Beesley followed a double by Alex McKenna for a 6-3 lead and Cal Poly opened the floodgates with three more in the ninth on another error and a two-run double by Josh George for a 9-3 advantage.

The Aggies tried to comeback in their half of the ninth, loading the bases with singles off the bat of Ignacio Diaz, Mark Cardinalli, and Ryan Hooper, setting the table for freshman Alejandro Lara, who laced a double down the left field line to plate a pair and make it 9-5. It was the second career hit for Lara and the first two RBI of the newcomer's career.

With runners at second and third, Thomas rolled a ball to the right side to place Hooper to inch the Aggies even closer, but the Mustangs' Michael Clark got a strikeout to end the threat, and the game, notching his fifth save of the year.

Slater Lee (3-2) earned the win in relief for Cal Poly despite being tagged for three runs on four hits over three innings of work. Chris Brown (1-4), the second of eight UC Davis pitchers who faced only two batters in relief for the Aggies, suffered the loss.

UC Davis stays home for a mid-week contest against Nevada on Tuesday (April 18) at 2:30 p.m., before heading out on the road for a three-game conference series at Hawai'i on April 21-23 in Honolulu.

Cal Poly 9, UC Davis 6 (Apr 15, 2017 at Davis, Calif.)
Cal Poly............ 000 102 303  -  9 13  1      (15-19, 6-3 BIG WEST)
UC Davis............ 002 010 003  -  6 10  7      (10-19, 3-6 BIG WEST)
Pitchers: Cal Poly - Ay, Bobby; Shelton, Trent(5); Lee, Slater(6); Clark, Michael(9) and Meyer, Nick. UC Davis - Mullins, Justin; Brown, Chris (6); Lara, Andres (7); Stone, Zach (7); Loar, Connor (8); Peters, Blake (9); Barraza, Daniel (9); Briggs, Cameron (9) and Diaz, Ignacio.
Win - Lee, Slater (3-2)  Save - Clark, Michael (5)  Loss - Brown, Chris (1-4)  T-3:21  A-660
Ay faced 1 batter in the 5th.
Brown faced 1 batter in the 7th.
Lara, An. faced 1 batter in the 7th.
Loar faced 2 batters in the 9th.
Barraza faced 2 batters in the 9th.