Aggies hit in bunches to finish sweep of Pacific

Sophomore Alex Aguiar set the table for the Aggies on Sunday, finishing 2-for-3 and scoring three runs to help UC Davis sweep Pacific. (Photo by Mark Honbo/UC Davis Athletics Communications)
May 1, 2016

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Freshman catcher Logan Denholm finished a home run short of the cycle, collecting three hits and diving in three, while six Aggies total finished with multiple hits on the day, helping power host UC Davis to a 9-5 win over Pacific and a three-game sweep of the Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.

After collecting their first series win of the season with their 7-4 victory on Saturday night in Stockton, the Aggies completed their first sweep of an opponent since sweeping Pacific at the end of April last season. UC Davis improved to 12-25 overall with Sunday's victory, collecting five extra base hits en route to the win.

Led by a pair of hits apiece from Danny Mayer and McKay Koissian, Pacific fell to 17-24 overall with the loss.

Senior right-hander Nat Hamby (2-4) earned the win, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out three over 5.2 innings before giving way to freshman left-hander Chris Brown in the sixth. Brown, who gave up two late ninth-inning runs, got the Aggies out of a jam in the sixth, stranding the tying runs on base and retiring eight straight at one point, while allowing just a single hit and striking out three for his first career save.

Ricky Reynoso (2-4) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing four earned on seven hits over three innings while striking out two. Pacific used six pitchers on the day and stranded nine base runners for the game, including the bases loaded twice in the first four innings.

Gio Brusa's RBI single in the first put the Tigers on the board quickly, driving in Mayer, who snuck a double inside the bag at third with two outs, for a 1-0 lead. Pacific threatened to make it a larger opening frame, drawing a pair of walks to load the bases, but Hamby induced Louis Mejia into a ground ball back to the mound to limit the damage.

The Aggies responded with three runs in the home half of the first on a two-run triple by Denholm and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Hooper to take the lead, and extended the advantage with single runs in the third and fourth innings on a Denholm double and a sac fly by Alex Aguiar for a 5-1 advantage.

After leaving them loaded in the fourth and a quiet 1-2-3 fifth, the Tigers clawed their way back to within two runs with a pair in the sixth on an RBI single by Koissian and a groundout by Kevin Sandri to make it 5-3, putting runners at the corners with two outs and chasing Hamby from the game. Brown came in from the bullpen and got Mayer to pull a 1-1 pitch to third where Justin Allen made the throw across the diamond to end the inning.

UC Davis got both runs back in its half of the sixth, plus one for good measure, all coming with two outs. A single by Brad Pluschkell, who tied his career high with three hits and a run scored, and walks to Tanner Bily and Aguiar loaded the bases to lead-off the inning. Fineas Del Bonta-Smith came on in relief for the Tigers, and got two quick outs to bring up pinch-hitter Alex Roeser, who took the second pitch he saw to the gap in left field for a double, clearing the bases and giving the Aggies an 8-3 advantage.

An error in the seventh on a single by Pluschkell allowed a ninth run to come home, and Pacific tacked on a pair of harmless runs on Mayer's 12th home run of the season to left field to cap the scoring.

Allen, who set a career high with his 3-for-5 day, and Spencer Henderson joined Denholm and Pluschkell in the three-hit club, while Aguiar (2-for-3 with three runs scored) and Roeser (career-high 2-for-3) each added a pair. Bily beat out an infield single in the seventh to keep his hitting streak alive at nine games, while a fourth-inning walk allowed the senior to reach base safely for the 12th consecutive contest.

Senior Cameron Olson, coming off a five-RBI game on Saturday night in Stockton where he finished a double short of his second cycle of the season, was held out of the hit column on Sunday, but walked and scored a run in the first to reach base safely for the 10th straight game.

The 17 hits were just two shy of the Aggies' season high set against UC Riverside on April 3, and marked the 15th time this season that UC Davis has finished with double-digits in the hits column.

The Aggies continue a five-game homestand on Tuesday (May 3), welcoming Causeway Cup foe Sacramento State to Dobbins Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. first pitch, before hosting UC Santa Barbara in a three-game series beginning Friday (May 6) at 2:30 p.m. Games two and three against the Gauchos are scheduled for 1 p.m. starts on Saturday (May 7) and Sunday (May 8).

UC Davis 9, Pacific 5 (May 01, 2016 at Davis, Calif.)
Pacific............. 100 002 002 - 5 9 2 (17-24)
UC Davis............ 301 103 10X - 9 17 0 (12-25)
Pitchers: Pacific - REYNOSO, Ricky; LACKEY, Shelby(4); GIOVANNONI, Justin(6); DELBONTASMITH,Fineas(6); GONZALEZ, Jordon(7); AROBIO, Vince(8) and YAKEL, JP. UC Davis - Hamby, Nat; Brown, Chris (6) and Denholm, Logan.
Win - Hamby, Nat (2-4) Save - Brown, Chris (1) Loss - REYNOSO, Ricky (2-4) T-3:10 A-281
HR PACIFIC - MAYER, Danny (12).
Weather: hazy, 80s, slight breeze
REYNOSO faced 2 batters in the 4th.
GIOVANNONI faced 3 batters in the 6th.