Olson's slam rallies Aggies at Santa Clara

Senior Nick Lynch tied a school single-game record and set a single-season mark thanks to three doubles on Tuesday night at Santa Clara.
April 28, 2015

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Junior Cameron Olson's grand slam with nobody out in the seventh keyed a six-run UC Davis rally, erasing a three-run deficit and helping lift the Aggies to their fifth straight win, a 9-7 victory over host Santa Clara in a non-conference clash at Schott Stadium.

UC Davis improved to 26-16-1 overall heading into this weekend's Big West Conference series against nationally ranked UC Santa Barbara, taking both midweek meetings with the Broncos in 2015. Senior Nick Lynch also finished 4-for-4 in the game, tying a school single-game record with three doubles and setting a new single-season record with 25, passing the previous mark of 24 held by Jim Saunders that had stood since 1979. Lynch, with 50 career doubles, now stands just two shy of the career record held by Robby Tulk, who had 52 from 2001-04.

Santa Clara, which jumped out to a quick lead after both teams combined for nine runs over the first three innings, fell to 18-25 overall with the loss.

Trailing 6-3, the Aggies' big inning opened with an infield single by Tanner Bily and the bases were quickly loaded thanks to walks issued to Tino Lipson and Lynch, bringing up Izaak Silva. The senior catcher worked the count full before drawing a walk and driving home a run, then Austin March rapped a single to right, scoring Lipson and making it 6-5.

The comeback was complete when Olson strode to the plate next and smashed a 2-1 offering from reliever Nick Medeiros (1-1) over the wall in center field, clearing the bases and giving UC Davis the 9-6 lead.



Olson, who entered last week's games with just one hit on the year, is now 9-for-17 (.529) with five extra base hits, two home runs, seven runs scored, and seven RBI, in his last five games

Santa Clara got one of the runs back in its half of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Braff, but that was all the Broncos could muster against junior left-hander Spencer Henderson (2-1), who earned the win in relief of starter Matt Blais, allowing the single run on four hits over 5.2 innings of work whlie striking out five.

Sophomore right-hander Zach Stone came on in the ninth and nailed down his 10th save of the year, sandwiching a pair of strikeouts and a ground ball around a two-out double to end it. The 10 saves are a career high, moving him into second place on the school's single-season list and tying him with Justin Fitzgerald (2005-08) for the UC Davis career record (19).

Lynch opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, scoring Bily for the 1-0 lead, but the advantage was short-lived as an RBI single off Blais' foot by Stevie Berman and a two-run home run by Braff quickly put the Broncos in front 3-1.

The two teams traded scores in the second to keep the deficit at two runs before the Aggies clawed back to within a run on Silva's sacrifice fly to make it 4-3 in the third. Santa Clara had yet another answer in its half of the inning as Jose Vizcaino, Jr., homered to center to lead-off the frame and Jake Brodt brought home another with an RBI triple to make it 6-3 and set the stage for UC Davis' big comeback.

Despite being out-hit, 13-12, for the game, the Aggies logged double-digit hits for the 23rd time this season, while the five extra-base hits gave them at least one in each of the last 22 games dating back to a 1-0 win over Fresno State on March 15.

UC Davis opens its series at UC Santa Barbara on Friday (May 1) at 3 p.m., with games two and three on Saturday (May 2) and Sunday (May 3) scheduled for 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

UC Davis 9, Santa Clara 7 (Apr 28, 2015 at Santa Clara, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 111 000 600 - 9 12 1 (26-16-1)
Santa Clara......... 312 000 100 - 7 13 1 (18-25)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Blais, Matt; Henderson, Spencer(3); Stone, Zach(9) and Silva, Izaak. Santa Clara - WILSON; SEEVER(3); BONO(5); INOUYE(6); MEDEIROS(7); WHITE(9) and FRANKFORT.
Win-Henderson, Spencer(2-1) Save-Stone, Zach(10) Loss-MEDEIROS(1-1) T-3:00 A-232
HR UCD - Olson, Cameron (2).
Weather: 70 degrees and sunny
INOUYE faced 2 batters in the 7th.