April 22, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- Sophomore right-hander Max Cordy struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings of work and teammate Tanner Bily's RBI single through the right side snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the eighth, helping lift UC Davis to a 3-1 non-conference win over Saint Mary's on Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Aggies (17-20 overall), as Cordy, Raul Jacobson, and Zach Stone combined on a two-hitter to send the Gaels (13-26) to their 13th consecutive loss -- a streak that dates back to a, 4-1, UC Davis win at Dobbins Stadium on April 2.
Cordy was stuck with the no decision, but was brilliant in allowing just a single run on one hit and walking just two in addition to his career-high strikeout total. It is the second double-digit strikeout game of the year for the Sacramento native following a 10-strikeout performance against New Mexico State on March 16, and the most by an Aggie pitcher since Dayne Quist struck out 11 against UC Riverside almost two years ago to the day on April 20, 2012.
Jacobson (4-0) earned the win in relief, stranding the go-ahead run in scoring position after a one-out single and an error on a ball hit by Anthony Gonsolin in the eighth, while Stone nailed down his ninth save of the year, working around a two-out error to strikeout Connor Hornsby looking to end the game.
The freshman closer from Eureka, Calif., now ranks second on the school's single-season saves list behind only Justin Fitzgerald's 15 saves in 2008, and ranks in a three-way tie for eighth on the career list with Nik Aurora (2004-07) and Bill Brelsford (1993-96).
Cordy and Saint Mary's starter Corbin Burnes matched one another inning-for-inning until the Gaels struck first in the third inning. Ian McLoughlin laced a one-out double down the left field line and moved to third on a ground ball to the right side. Gonsolin then walked to put runners on the corners with two outs, taking off for second and drawing a throw one batter later, allowing McLoughlin enough time to scamper home for the 1-0 lead.
Burnes, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and stranded one in the second, set down 12 straight from the second to the sixth innings before running into trouble with two outs. Bily drew a walk on five pitches to start the rally and took second on Tino Lipson's single to left to bring up Brann, who dropped the first pitch he saw into left field to score Bily and make it a 1-1 game.
Cordy worked out of trouble in the seventh to keep things knotted up at one, as an error, sacrifice, and wild pitch put the go-ahead run at third with only one out. Collin Ferguson drew a walk to put runners on the corners and bring up Hornsby, whose squeeze attempt was snuffed out when Cordy made a nice play off the mound to flip the ball to Brann, who ran down the line and tagged Michael Valentin for out number two.
With runners now at first and second, Cordy wriggled off the hook and ended the inning with his 11th, and final, strikeout of the day, getting McLoughlin to chase and strand a pair.
That set the stage for the Aggies' rally in the eighth off reliever Jake Valdez (1-4) as Kevin Barker was hit by a pitch to lead things off and was sacrificed into scoring position by Nick Lynch to bring up Bily. The sophomore, who entered the game on a five-game hitting streak, then made it six, rolling a ball just under the glove of a diving Ferguson at first base, scoring Barker with the go-ahead run and a 2-1 lead.
Closer Brad Nease came in and got a strikeout for the second out of the inning, but UC Davis added an insurance run when Brann's looping shot to right snuck under the glove of the defender and rolled all the way to the wall for a triple, scoring pinch runner John Williams, who stole second on the strikeout, easily from second base for the final 3-1 advantage.
Valdez was charged with two runs on just one hit in one-third of an inning in the loss in relief of Burnes, who allowed just one run on three hits, walking three, and striking out four, in the no decision for Saint Mary's.
Brann logged his sixth multi-hit game of the season and his third multi-RBI contest of the year, while Barker's double in the first allowed him to reach base safely for the 15th consecutive game -- the longest active streak by an UC Davis batter this season and the second-longest of the season (Adam Young, 18 games).
The Aggies turn their attention back to the Big West Conference this weekend, welcoming UC Irvine to Dobbins Stadium for a three-game series which opens on Friday (April 25) at 2:30 p.m. Games two and three follow on Saturday and Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. each day.
UC Davis 3, Saint Mary's College 1 (Apr 22, 2014 at Davis, Calif.)
Saint Mary's College.... 001 000 000 - 1 2 0 (13-26)
UC Davis...................... 000 001 02X - 3 5 3 (17-20)
Pitchers: Saint Mary's College - BURNES, Corbin; VALDEZ, Jacob(8); NEASE, Brad(8) and NOLAN, Nate. UC Davis - Cordy, Max; Jacobson, Raul(8); Stone, Zach(9) and Brann, Spencer.
Win-Jacobson, Raul(4-0) Save-Stone, Zach(9) Loss-VALDEZ, Jacob(1-4) T-2:16 A-167
Weather: 63 deg., fluffy white clouds