April 19, 2014
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Alex Rubanowitz's two-run single with two outs keyed a three-run sixth inning and completed at UC Riverside rally from two runs down as the host Highlanders swept a three-game series from UC Davis with a 4-2 win on Saturday afternoon at the Riverside Sports Complex.
The Aggies fell to 16-20 overall and 3-9 in Big West Conference play with the loss while UC Riverside improved to 17-18 overall and 6-3 in league play, avenging a sweep by UC Davis last season at Dobbins Stadium.
Sophomore Tanner Bily continued to swing a hot bat, leading the Aggies with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, joining teammate Kevin Barker in driving home runs during a second inning that gave UC Davis the early 2-0 lead. Bily, who entered the weekend series with just three hits in eight at-bats to begin the week, finished the series hitting 7-for-11 (.636) with four runs scored, two walks, and four RBI.
Freshman Orlando Razo (1-4) suffered the loss for the Aggies, allowing three unearned runs on a hit and walking two in two-thirds of an inning. Ben Doucette (3-3) allowed just two runs on five hits in seven innings of work, striking out four, en route to the win, while Kevin Sprague nailed down his fifth save, allowing a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings.
An RBI single in the fifth by Cody Hough broke up the shutout, setting the stage for UCR's big rally in the sixth. The Highlanders put two on with one out and loaded the bases with two outs after the inning should have been over following an error that extended the inning.
A walk to Matthew Ellis drove home Francisco Tellez with the tying run and, after Zach Stone was called in from the bullpen to stop the bleeding, pinch-hitter Rubanowitz drove a 2-1 pitch back up the middle into centerfield, scoring Thomas Walker and Nick Vilter to put UC Riverside ahead for good.
Vilter and Hough each finished 2-for-3 to lead the Highlanders as the Aggies out-hit the Highlanders, 8-6, for the game.
UC Davis opens a four-game homestand next Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., welcoming Saint Mary's to Dobbins Stadium for a second time this season, before conference rival UC Irvine pays a visit for a three-game series beginning on Friday (April 25) at 2:30 p.m.