ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Freshman shortstop Tanner Murray led the UC Davis offense finishing 4-for-5 with one run scored, while fellow freshman Joseph Myers logged his ninth multi-hit performance of the season, and senior Ryan Hooper recorded his 13th career home run. The Aggies rallied late, tallying one run in each of the final four innings, but the deficit would prove too much to overcome, lifting host New Mexico to an 11-7 victory to even the series on Saturday afternoon at Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
UC Davis fell to 16-33 on the season with the loss, while the Lobos improved to 19-33-1 overall, evening the series at one-apiece. Sunday’s finale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. MT/ 12 p.m. PT.
Trailing, 7-3, heading into the top of the sixth, the Aggies continued to battle scoring once in each of the remaining innings, but three more runs for New Mexico in the sixth and another in the eighth would prove too much to overcome.
Jared Sasaki (3-6) suffered the loss for UC Davis, charged with four earned runs on ten hits over 3.1 innings of work—one of five hurlers to take the mound for the Aggies. Cody Dye (5-6) earned the win for the Lobos after allowing six runs (four earned) on 12 hits over 7.2 innings, striking out five.
A home run from Daniel Herrera put the Lobos on top 1-0 in the second, but UC Davis would take advantage of an error by the New Mexico defense in the third to claim the lead. After senior Alex Aguiar led off the inning with his 10th double of the season, UC Davis loaded the bases on a drawn walk by junior Ryan Anderson. Myers pushed the first run across on a single through the right side, with the second scoring on a throwing error. Senior Ryan Hooper knocked in the third and final run of the inning to make it 3-1 in favor of UC Davis.
The Lobos then reclaimed the lead tallying three runs in the fourth, before jumping out to a 10-4 advantage in the sixth thanks to a three-run homer from Jeff Deimling, who paced the offense finishing 4-for-5 with four runs and four RBI.
The Aggies fell just shy of scoring the tying run in the fifth after a line drive from junior Cameron Briggs knocked off the pitcher’s glove. Myers attempted to score from third on the play, but Dye recovered with just enough time to make the throw home.
UC Davis would chip away at the deficit posting one run in each of the final four innings, including RBI-singles from Caleb Van Blake and Anderson, and a solo shot from Hooper in the seventh—his sixth of the season.
Myers finished 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Hooper tacked on a pair of hits and two RBI.
But another run for New Mexico in the eighth would shut the door for good on the Aggies, resulting in an 11-7 victory for the Lobos.
The Aggies had their chances on the afternoon, leaving six runners in scoring position of eleven total left on the base paths.
UC Davis will look to claim its first-ever program win over New Mexico in the series finale at 1 p.m. MT/ 12 p.m. PT. tomorrow (May 20) at Santa Ana Star Field.
New Mexico 11, UC Davis 7 (05/19/18 at Albuquerque, N.M.)
UC Davis............ 003 001 111 - 7 15 1 (16-33)
New Mexico.......... 010 333 01X - 11 19 2 (19-33-1)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Sasaki, Jared; Barraza, Daniel(4); Moffitt, Brock(5); Torres, Joseph(5);
Lara, Andres(6) and Denholm, Logan. New Mexico - DYE, Cody; HARRINGTON, James(8);
TRIPP, Christian(9) and HERRERA, Daniel.
Win-DYE, Cody(5-6) Loss-Sasaki, Jared(3-6) T-2:52 A-548
HR UCD - Hooper, Ryan (6).
HR NM - DEIMLING, Jeff (2); HERRERA, Daniel (1).
Weather: 84F, Sunny, wind non-existent
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