Rival Hornets clinch Causeway series, 5-2

May 8, 2018

Box Score

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Junior Caleb Van Blake got off to a strong start on Tuesday evening after notching his fifth homer of the season in the first inning, while fellow junior Ryan Anderson paced the Aggies at the plate finishing 3-for-4 with one run scored. But after the Aggies' Causeway Cup rival claimed the lead with a two-run effort in the second, the Hornets never looked back, resulting in a 5-2 win for host Sacramento State on Tuesday evening at John Smith Field in Sacramento, Calif. 

The Aggies fell to 15-28 on the season with the loss, while the Hornets improved to 27-20 overall. UC Davis will enter its seventh Big West series of the season at CSUN this weekend with a 7-11 league mark. 

Blake Hannah (2-7) suffered the loss for UC Davis, charged with three earned runs on six hits over three innings on the mound, striking out three. 

Brady Rodriguez (1-2) was credited with the win for the Hornets after allowing one hit over 0.2 innings of work, while Tanner Dalton earned his tenth save of the season after providing Sacramento State with two innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three in the process. 

UC Davis struck first on Tuesday evening at John Smith Field, jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead over the Hornets with a round-tripper off the bat of junior Caleb Van Blake—his fifth of the season. Fellow junior Ryan Anderson then notched his 16th extra-base hit of the year on a double to left center field, before UC Davis scored its second run of of the inning on an RBI-single from senior Ryan Hooper to make it 2-0.

Anderson paced the Aggie lineup finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with one run scored, while Hooper finished 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Van Blake capped off the evening 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. 

But the Hornets answered back in the home half of the first, halving the Aggies’ lead with a solo shot of their own from PJ Floyd—his ninth of the year. 

Sacramento State then overtook the lead in the second, pairing an infield single from Josh Urps with three consecutive singles--all on two outs--to make it 3-2 in favor of the Hornets.

The Hornets would go on to post unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh, extending their lead over the Aggies, 5-2. 

UC Davis had its chances, stranding eight runners on the base paths and three in scoring position, including three in the sixth after loading the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, but the Aggies would come up empty. 

UC Davis continues with its eight-game stretch on the road, traveling south to face Big West colleague, CSUN, for a three-game set beginning Friday (May 11) at 3 p.m. Game two of the series is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday (May 12), with the finale starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday (May 13). 

Sacramento State 5, UC Davis 2 (05/08/18 at Sacramento, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 200 000 000  -  2  8  1      (15-28)
Sacramento State.... 120 001 10X  -  5  9  1      (27-20)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Hannah, Blake; Wieser, Tim(4); Erwin, Brett(6); Loar, Connor(8) and
Denholm, Logan. Sacramento State - Fox, Ty; Martizia, Travis(4); Rodriguez, Brady(6);
Roberts, Austin(7); Dalton, Tanner(8) and Ortiz, Raul; McPhillips, Dylan.
Win-Rodriguez, Brady(1-2)  Save-Dalton, Tanner(10)  Loss-Hannah, Blake(2-7)  T-2:36  A-308
HR UCD - Van Blake, Caleb.
HR SAC - Floyd, PJ; McWilliam, Andrew.
Weather: 81 degrees, sunny

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