Aggies tamed by Tigers in the ninth, 3-2

Cameron Briggs logged his fourth multi-hit game of the season thanks to his team-high two hits on Tuesday at Pacific. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
May 9, 2017

Box Score

STOCKTON, Calif. -- Jimmy Boras' two-strike single down the left field line with one out in the ninth plated Preston Moebius with the winning run on Tuesday night, as host Pacific edged visiting UC Davis, 3-2, in a midweek clash of former conference rivals at Klein Family Field.

The loss dropped the Aggies to 15-25 overall on the season, snapping an eight-game winning streak in the series with the Tigers as they turn their attention back to Big West Conference play this weekend with a three game series against UC Riverside at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium.

Pacific improved to 16-30 overall, ending a four-game skid of its own.

After UC Davis stranded the go-ahead run in scoring position in the top half of the inning, Moebius got the winning rally started for Pacific with a one-out single off reliever Connor Loar (0-2), and went all the way to third when a ball hit back to the mound by Kevin Sandri was thrown away, putting runners two in scoring position.

Zach Stone then came in from the bullpen to try and get out of the jam, getting ahead in the count against Boras, who fouled off three straight pitches before dropping a base hit down the line on the left side, scoring Moebius to eke out the win.

Loar suffered the loss, retiring the first seven batters he faced, including perfect seventh and eighth innings before running into trouble in the ninth. He surrendered the unearned run on a hit over 2.1 innings, striking out one.

Vince Arobio (4-4) -- the last of six Tiger pitchers on the night -- took home the win, allowing just one hit and striking out three over two innings of relief.

Both teams put up zeroes through the first four innings, with UC Davis starter Matt Blais stranding the bases loaded in the first and settling down to allow just one hit over the next three innings. Pacific starter Bailey Hansen got some help from the defense with a double play to end the second, while Miles Haddad came on in the fourth after a double and a walk chased Hansen, and got a fly ball and a double play to end another Aggie threat.

UC Davis finally broke through in the fifth off Pacific's fourth pitcher of the night, John Besse, as Alejandro led off by being hit by a pitch and moved to second on Cameron Briggs' single through the left side. The Aggies then loaded the bases on Caleb Van Blake's bunt single to bring up Brad Pluschkell, who lofted a ball deep enough to centerfield to score Lara for the 1-0 lead.

With Briggs and Van Blake also moving up 90 feet on the play, Ryan Hooper came through with the second run of the night, lining a shot to left that was enough to plate Briggs, who finished 2-for-3, for the two-run advantage. Van Blake moved up another 90 on a wild pitch, but he was stranded there when Besse got a ground ball to short to end the inning.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Tigers responded with a pair in their half of the inning to tie the score on a one-out Matt Tarantino double and a single by Ryan Schalch, also leaving a runner at third to preserve the tie and set up the decisive ninth.

Sophomore Ryan Anderson's ninth-inning single extended his team-best hitting streak to 12 games -- the longest since Tanner Bily hit safely in that many games last season from May 8-28. Senior Cameron Olson had his hitting streak snapped at 11 straight with an 0-for-3 night.

The Aggies and Highlanders open their Big West series on Friday afternoon (May 12) at 2:30 p.m., with games two and three scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch on both Saturday (May 13) and Sunday (May 14).

Pacific 3, UC Davis 2 (May 09, 2017 at Stockton, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 000 020 000  -  2  6  4      (15-25)
Pacific............. 000 020 001  -  3 10  1      (16-30)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Blais, Matt; Brown, Chris (5); Loar, Connor (7); Stone, Zach (9) and Diaz, Ignacio. Pacific - HANSEN; HADDAD(4); BESSE(5); GONZALEZ(6); SHREVE(7); AROBIO(8) and MEJIA.
Win-AROBIO(4-4)  Loss - Loar, Connor (0-2)  T-2:52  A-482
Weather: 80, clear, wind WNW 11
HANSEN faced 2 batters in the 4th.
Stone faced 1 batter in the 9th.