SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Freshman Tanner Murray finished 4-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI, junior Caleb Van Blake slugged a grand slam to erase a four-run deficit in the third, and a homerun by junior Ryan Anderson tied the game at 10-all in the sixth to help the Aggies to a 16-10 victory over Cal Poly during Sunday’s finale at Baggett Stadium.
The Aggies’ 16-run effort is the highest run total recorded against the Mustangs in series history, surpassing the previous record of 13 runs set back on Apr. 17, 2005, when UC Davis topped Cal Poly, 13-10, in a 13-inning battle.
The Aggies improved to 10-20 on the season and 3-6 in Big West, while the Mustangs fell to 16-18 overall with a 3-6 league record.
Blake Hannah (2-4) was credited with the win for UC Davis after allowing just two hits over 1.1 innings of work, while freshman Brett Erwin recorded his second save of the season after providing three innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
Austin Dondanville suffered the loss for the Mustangs after allowing two runs on five hits and striking out four over 2.2 innings on the mound—one of seven hurlers to take the mound for Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon. The Mustangs' pitching staff issued seven walks in all to UC Davis while striking out eight.
Cal Poly wasted no time in the first inning of Sunday’s finale, taking a quick 3-0 advantage on four hits, also taking advantage of an error by the UC Davis defense.
The Aggies took back one run in the visitor half of the second thanks to an RBI-single up the middle by freshman Joseph Myers, who finished 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. But the Mustangs added on two more in their half of the inning off a pair of singles and a double, extending Cal Poly’s lead, 5-1.
The third inning would see the UC Davis bats come alive as the Aggies sent 13 batters to the plate, beginning with three back-to-back singles to bring up Van Blake. On the second pitch of the at bat, Van Blake erased the Aggies’ four-run deficit with one swing, recording his fifth homer of the season and tying the game at five-all. But the Aggies would have more to say, scoring four more runs on four walks and a trio of singles to give UC Davis a 9-5 lead over Cal Poly.
Despite a heroic eight-run inning by the Aggies, the Mustangs answered with a five-run effort in the home-half of the third that included a two-run homer by Elijah Skipps, who also recorded a grand slam in the Mustangs’ 7-4 win on Saturday. One walk, one single, and a trio of doubles would make up the rest of the runs scored by Cal Poly in the third, helping the Mustangs re-claim the lead, 10-9.
The Aggies’ one-run deficit remained steady until the sixth, when a homerun off the bat of Anderson tied the game once again at 10-apiece. Anderson went on to finish 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Then a double from Ryan Hooper and an RBI-single from Logan Denholm gave the Aggies exactly what they were looking for, as UC Davis regained the lead once again, 11-10.
UC Davis began to pull away with a two-run performance in the seventh, then tacked on three more in the eigth, lifting the Aggies to a six-run advantage over Cal Poly that held until the final out was recorded.
Nick DiCarlo paced the Mustangs with a 3-for-4 finish at the plate, posting two RBI and scoring twice on a double and a pair of singles.
UC Davis returns to action with a mid-week game at Dobbins Stadium on Tuesday (Apr. 17) at 2:30 p.m. as the Aggies host Causeway Cup rival, Sacramento State, in the first of a home-and-home series. The Aggies then pick up with Big West play hosting UC Santa Barbara on Apr. 20-22.
UC Davis 16, Cal Poly 10 (04/15/18 at San Luis Obispo, CA)
UC Davis............ 018 002 230 - 16 19 2 (10-20, 3-6 Big West)
Cal Poly............ 325 000 000 - 10 16 3 (16-18, 3-6 Big West)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Brown, Chris; Wieser, Tim(3); Hannah, Blake(5); Torres, Joseph(6);
Erwin, Brett(7) and Denholm, Logan. Cal Poly - Nelson, Darren; Arens, Matt(3);
Dondanville, Austin(3); Redmond, Connor(6); Clark, Michael(7); Alvarez, Andrew(8);
Smith, Kyle(9) and Meyer, Nick.
Win-Hannah, Blake(2-4) Save-Erwin, Brett(2) Loss-Dondanville, Austin(1-1) T-3:36 A-1818
HR UCD - Anderson, Ryan (3); Van Blake, Caleb (4).
HR CP - Skipps, Elijah (2).
Weather: Cloudy, 67 deg., 10-20 NW
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