Aggies pile on late to even series

May 19, 2017

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior right-hander Justin Mullins went the distance for the first time in his career, allowing just one run on six, while host UC Davis broke the game wide open thanks to a 10-run sixth inning on Friday afternoon, evening up its series with Grand Canyon following a 16-1 victory at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium.

The Aggies (19-27 overall) posted their highest run total since scoring 16 runs in a 16-12 win at Saint Mary's on May 14, 2013, while the team's 21 hits were the most since they collected the same number at Hawai'i on May 18, 2014.

The Antelopes, who stranded eight for the game, fell to 28-25 overall on the year with the loss.

The reigning Big West Conference pitcher of the week, Mullins (4-3) retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced, walking only one during that stretch, en route to his third victory in as many starts, stranding runners in scoring position in both the third and fourth innings.

Meanwhile, no Grand Canyon pitcher went unscathed, with Jake Wong (5-3) suffering the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits over the first three innings.

UC Davis jumped on the scoreboard first with three runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Caleb Van Blake, a run-scoring ground ball, and a sac fly from Ryan Hooper for the early lead, and tacked on two more thanks to a passed ball and another ground ball for a 5-0 advantage.

The Antelopes broke up the shutout on Griffin Barnes' RBI infield single, but that would be it for the visiting side as the Aggies landed a haymaker in the sixth to cement the victory.

In the inning, the first 11 UC Davis hitters reached base safely on seven hits and four hit batters, scoring 10 times in the frame. Hooper, Mason Novak, Cameron Olson, and Ryan Anderson, accounted for four consecutive run-scoring hits, with Cameron Briggs, Alex Aguiar, and Hooper again, all driving in runs later in the inning.

UC Davis tacked on one more for good measure in the eighth on a ground ball with the contest well in hand.

In all, Hooper, Novak, Anderson, and Jacob Thomas, finished with three hits on the day, with four others adding a pair. Hooper and Aguiar each drove in three runs, with six different Aggie base runners touching the late twice on the day.

With his triple in the third, Anderson extended his hitting streak to 18 games, matching the second-longest hitting streak in the program's Division I history held by Scott Lyman from May 8, 2010, to Feb. 26, 2011. The record is held by Paul Politi, who hit safely in 19 straight games from May 13, 2012 to March 1, 2013.

UC Davis will look for its third consecutive series win in the finale on Saturday (May 20) at 1 p.m. The Aggies' senior class will be honored as part of "Senior Day" festivities prior to first pitch.

UC Davis 16, Grand Canyon 1 (May 19, 2017 at Davis, Calif.)
Grand Canyon........ 000 100      000  -  1  6  0      (28-25)
UC Davis............     032  00(10) 01X  - 16 21  0      (19-27)
Pitchers: Grand Canyon - Wong, Jake; Benavides, Gabe(4); Milacki, Bobby(6); Harte, Degan(6) and Barnes, Griffin; McDonald, Jared. UC Davis - Mullins, Justin and Diaz, Ignacio.
Win - Mullins, Justin (4-3)  Loss - Wong, Jake (5-3)  T-2:46  A-124
Benavides, G faced 5 batters in the 6th.
Milacki, B faced 5 batters in the 6th.