May 13, 2014
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- UC Davis freshman left-hander Orlando Razo allowed just two hits over 5 2/3 innings of relief and the visiting Aggies rallied from three runs down to hand host Sacramento State a 6-3 defeat on Tuesday night in front of 980 fans at Raley Field in West Sacramento, Calif.
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to the rival Hornets dating back to 2011, improving to 21-27 overall on the year to cap a season-long eight-game road trip. Sacramento State, which was 5-0 at Raley Field this season, fell to 32-21 overall.
"We've been banged up, we got three guys back in the lineup tonight and we showed what we're capable of, we're capable of playing this kind of baseball," Head Coach Matt Vaughn said. "Max struggled a little bit, kept us close, but what can you say about Orlando, he was dominating tonight."
Razo (2-4), who retired nine in a row at one point, needed only 66 pitches to nail down the win in his longest outing of the season, walking just one and striking out a career-high five in relief of starter Max Cordy, who struck out a pair while pitching into the third. Junior Raul Jacobson earned his second save of the season, entering with a runner on in the ninth before getting an around-the-horn double play and a strikeout looking to end the game.
"I think the big thing with him, teams look at him and see a little guy on the mound, but he's got a little juice... He's not afraid to come at you with a fastball," Vaughn said. "There was one inning where he was behind every guy because he rears back and just tries to throw it as hard as he can, but there was a stretch where he started to get his slider over for a first-pitch strike and, I think, when he does that, it's over."
Hunter Greenwood (1-5) suffered the loss for the Hornets, allowing five runs (four earned) on just three hits in two innings of relief. Sacramento State used six pitchers on the night, holding the Aggies' offense to just six hits.
After posting a 15-7 win in Davis earlier this year on April 15, the Hornets looked as if they would pick up right where they left off, jumping out to a quick lead after just one inning. A sacrifice fly by David Del Grande and an error on the throw back to the infield allowed two runs to score before Will Soto roped a double just inside the left field line to score Rhys Hoskins for the 3-0 advantage.
Sacramento State, which had three hits in that opening frame, was then held to just three hits the rest of the game as the Aggies began to chip away. Adam Young led-off the second with a single and scored two batters later on Nick Lynch's RBI groundout to break up the shutout, and was followed by senior Spencer Brann, who sent a 2-1 offering over the wall in right for his first home run of the season (third of his career) to make it 3-2.
After a quiet third inning for both sides, UC Davis took the lead for good in the fourth, loading the bases with nobody out on a pair of walks and a double by Young. A sacrifice fly by Lynch plated Steven Patterson with the tying run and the Aggies piled on thanks to a double by Brann and a passed ball for a 5-3 lead.
UC Davis added its final run in the seventh as Seth Batty singled with one out, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch when Tino Lipson drew a walk, and scored on Tanner Bily's fly ball to center.
That was more than enough for Razo, who allowesd just three baserunners and combined with his teammates to strand six Hornets on base -- four in scoring position -- for the game.
Young finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored for UC Davis, logging his team-best 17th multi-hit game of the season, while Brann, making his first appearance since being injured in the series against UC Irvine on April 26 on a collision at the plate, also added a pair of hits.
Patterson, out for almost a month since suffering a foot injury in the first meeting with Sacramento State, and Batty, who missed six games before making an appearance in the series finale at Gonzaga, also made their returns to the starting lineup. Patterson finished with a pair of walks and a run scored while Batty went 1-for-3 on the night with a walk, stolen base, and run scored.
"Those guys coming back, I think you saw the effect it had on the team tonight," Vaughn said. "We were in the dugout, we were a confident group, we were like we were at the beginning of the season. Even when you get down 3-0 right off the bat, we still feel like we can win. Not to take anything away from the guys who filled in, because they did a tremendous job, but those guys are our starters, that's a big chunk of our team."
With a walk in the fourth, junior Kevin Barker reached base safely for the 25th consecutive game.
Nathan Lukes finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to lead the Hornets offense.
The game was the final head-to-head meeting in the battle for the Causeway Cup presented by ScholarShare, won by the Aggies by the count of 68.75-31.25. UC Davis posted the final four wins in mens golf, men's and women's track, and baseball.
The Aggies return to Dobbins Stadium for their final six games of the regular season, beginning this weekend with a three-game series against Big West Conference rival Hawai'i. The series opens on Friday (May 16) at 2:30 p.m., with games two and three to follow on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
"You hear the guys out there talking about 'we're going to go on a run,' and I didn't say a word about it," Vaughn said. "They feel it. They're walking out of here tonight feeling like they can win six in a row and get to .500."
UC Davis 6, Sacramento State 3 (May 13, 2014 at West Sacramento, Calif.)
UC Davis.................. 020 300 100 - 6 6 1 (21-27)
Sacramento State...... 300 000 000 - 3 6 1 (32-21)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Cordy, Max; Razo, Orlando(3); Jacobson, Raul(9) and Brann, Spencer. Sacramento State - Nichols,Ty; Greenwood,Hunter(2); Paderez,Jared(4); Perry,Chad(7); Ragsdale,Austin(8); Palsha,Alex(9) and Pollman,Gunner.
Win-Razo, Orlando(2-4) Save-Jacobson, Raul(2) Loss-Greenwood,Hunter(1-5) T-2:54 A-980
HR UCD - Brann, Spencer (1).