Seniors celebrated in Saturday's series finale

May 20, 2017

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior Mark Cardinalli finished with a team-high two hits and host UC Davis turned an early deficit into a one-run game midway through the contest, but visiting Grand Canyon answered with four unanswered runs and took home a series victory with an 8-3 win over the Aggies on Saturday afternoon at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium.

UC Davis fell to 19-28 overall on the year heading into a Monday afternoon contest against local rival Pacific in its regular season home finale -- a game that was postponed due to weather on Feb. 21. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Outright champions of the Western Athletic Conference, the Antelopes improved to 29-25 overall to close out their season.

Aside from Cardinalli, five over Aggies finished with hits on the day, including sophomore Ryan Anderson, whose eighth inning single to right center field kept alive his hitting streak which reached 19 games, tying him with Paul Politi for the longest in the program's Division I history.

An early error gifted Grand Canyon three unearned runs in the first and the visitors tacked on another in the third on an RBI single by Greg Saenz before the Aggies began to chop into the deficit.

Jacob Thomas led-off the home half of the third by being hit by a pitch, moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch, and scored on Caleb Van Blake's double down the left field line to break up the shutout. Three batters later, Van Blake came around to score when Mason Novak dropped a single into right field, cutting the deficit in half and make it 4-2.

Cameron Olson got UC Davis one run closer when he lined a long single off the top of the right field wall -- just missing a home run by a couple feet -- and moved all the way to third on Cardinalli's double to left, putting a pair in scoring position. Olson scored with Thomas at the plate when a wild pitch allowed him to scoot home from third, making it a 4-3 game.

That would be as close as the Aggies would come, however, stranding four base runners over the final five innings as Grand Canyon finally pulled away. An RBI single by Austin Bull put the Antelopes back up two, and they plated two more unearned runs in the eighth after a dropped foul ball extending the inning. A Tyler Wyatt RBI single in the ninth capped the scoring for Grand Canyon.

Jack Schneider (7-0) remained perfect on the hill for the Antelopes, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out three over five innings before giving was to AJ Franks, who picked up the long save -- his fourth of the year -- by allowing just two hits and striking out three over the final four innings.

Robert Garcia (2-7) suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run on three hits and striking out three over four innings, but was hurt by issuing six walks on the day.

Following Monday's game against Pacific, the Aggies hit the road for their final series of the regular season, making the trip to Southern California for a three-game set at UC Irvine beginning Thursday (May 25) at 6:30 p.m.

Grand Canyon 8, UC Davis 3 (May 20, 2017 at Davis, Calif.)
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Grand Canyon........ 031 001 021  -  8  8  0      (29-25)
UC Davis............ 002 100 000  -  3  7  2      (19-28)
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Pitchers: Grand Canyon - Schneider, Jack; Franks, AJ(6) and Meyer, Josh. UC Davis - Garcia, Robert; Brown, Chris (5); Loar, Connor (8); Peters, Blake (8); Hannah, Blake (9) and Ontiveros, Elijah.
Win - Schneider, Jack (7-0)  Save - Franks, AJ (4)  Loss - Garcia, Robert (2-7)  T-2:47  A-185
Weather: hot
Garcia faced 1 batter in the 5th.
Loar faced 1 batter in the 8th.