Aggies rally for a midweek win in Reno

May 16, 2017

Box Score

RENO, Nev. -- Caleb Van Blake's third home run of the season in the seventh inning snapped a three-all tie, and Ryan Anderson finished with a career-high three hits to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, helping lift visiting UC Davis to a, 7-4, win over Nevada on a chilly Tuesday night at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev.

The Aggies improved to 18-26 overall on the season, winning for the sixth time in the last nine games, while the Wolf Pack fell to 17-33 overall with the loss.

After spotting its host a two-run lead, the UC Davis offense settled in, scoring all seven of its runs in the fifth through eighth innings, highlighted by Van Blake's blast that gave the Aggies the lead for good after they twice rallied to tie the game thanks to RBIs from Ignacio Diaz and Mason Novak, as well as a run-scoring double play ball.

With the score tied at three, Mark Cardinalli and Alejandro Lara started the rally with one out in the seventh, drawing back-to-back walks to put two on for Van Blake, who sent the second pitch he saw from reliever Ty Pennington (0-3) over the wall in left centerfield to break the deadlock.

A pair of errors helped the Wolf Pack pull back one of the runs after the stretch, but the Aggies got the run back in the eighth as Cameron Briggs reached on an infield single, was sacrificed to second, and scored when Anderson smacked a single into left field for the final 7-4 advantage.

Blake Peters (1-3) earned the win in relief of starter Matt Blais, allowing just one hit over 1.1 innings of work, while junior Zach Stone came on to pick up his third save of the year, working around an error and walk to retire the side in a scoreless ninth, striking out one. Blais allowing two earned on eight hits and struck out five without a walk over the first five innings, but took a no decision.

Pennington, the third of five pitchers on the night for the Wolf Pack, allowed three runs on two hits and walking a pair in his inning of work in the loss.

Following 23 career two-hit contests, Anderson set a new career high with his three hits, collecting singles in the third and eighth innings, as well as a double in the fifth. His 16-game hitting streak is tied for the fourth-longest in the program's Division I history, matching Jake Jefferies and his 16-game streak from Feb. 29-March 26, 2008.

UC Davis out-hit its host, 11-10, with nine of the 11 hits on the night coming from the top four hitters in the Aggie lineup. Briggs, Novak, and Diaz, all joined Anderson in the multi-hit club, with Brad Pluschkell adding a fourth-inning single. UC Davis left 11 runners on base for the game, stranding seven of those in scoring position, while Nevada left nine on for the game, five in scoring position.

Jordan Pearce finished 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Wolf Pack, coming up a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on the night after a first-inning single, a third-inning double, and his fifth home run of the season in the fifth.

After a day off on Wednesday, the Aggies return to the diamond for their final home series of the year against Grand Canyon beginning Thursday (May 18) at 2:30 p.m. First pitch for game two is also scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday (May 19), with a 1 p.m. start for the finale on Saturday (May 20).

UC Davis 7, Nevada 4 (May 16, 2017 at Reno, Nevada)
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UC Davis............ 000 021 310  -  7 11  5      (18-26)
Nevada.............. 110 010 100  -  4 10  3      (17-33)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Blais, Matt; Peters, Blake (6); Brown, Chris (7); Stone, Zach (9) and Diaz, Ignacio. Nevada - Anderson, Ryan; CABINIAN, Keone(5); PENNINGTON, Ty(7); DICK, Austin(8); HENDERSON, Cole(9) and FOSTER, Kaleb.
Win - Peters, Blake (1-3)  Save - Stone, Zach (3)  Loss - PENNINGTON, Ty (0-3)  T-3:18  A-676
HR UCD - Van Blake, Caleb (3).
HR NV - PEARCE, Jordan (5).
Weather: 53, cold and windy
ANDERSON, R. faced 3 batters in the 5th.