ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Ryan Anderson paced the UC Davis offense with three hits on the afternoon—including his 14th career home run—to finish the weekend 8-for-14, while seniors Ryan Hooper and Brad Pluschkell, and junior Cameron Briggs each added a pair of hits, but the Aggies came up short to host New Mexico as the Lobos claimed the series with an 8-4 victory over UC Davis on Sunday at Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Aggies fell to 16-34 on the season with the loss, while the Lobos capped off their 2018 season with a 20-33-1 record. UC Davis will return to Dobbins Stadium for its final series of the season facing Big West rival UC Irvine beginning Thursday (May 24) at 2:30 p.m.
Freshman Brett Erwin (0-2) suffered the loss for the Aggies, charged with four runs on four hits over one inning of work after taking over for starter Chris Brown, who allowed just three runs on seven hits across five innings. Senior Connor Loar took the mound for the final two innings, charged with no earned runs on two hits.
Nathaniel Garley (3-4) tossed a quality start for the Lobos, allowing three runs on nine hits over six innings en route to his third win of the season, while Malachi Emond logged his second save of the year, allowing just three hits and striking out three over the final 2.1 innings of play.
The Lobos were first to get on the board, taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a pair of singles.
But UC Davis was quick to answer in the second, as Hooper got things started with a lead off double to left field before being driven in by fellow senior Brad Pluschkell, who singled to left field then advanced to second on a fielding error. The Aggies then claimed the lead thanks to an RBI-double from senior Alex Aguiar—his 12th of the year—to make it 2-1.
After New Mexico tied the game at two-apiece in the bottom half of the inning, UC Davis answered once again with a run of its own in the third, reclaiming its one-run advantage on a solo shot from Anderson, marking his 14th career round tripper.
UC Davis would not score again until the seventh, after the Lobos jumped out to a 6-3 lead, scoring the tying run in the fifth then adding three more in the sixth thanks to a pair of home runs.
But the Aggies continued to battle, facing reliever Robert Gasser to begin the seventh. Caleb Van Blake drew a pass after being hit by a pitch, advancing to second on a single by Anderson. A wild pitch then allowed both baserunners to advance 90 feet before junior Cameron Briggs knocked in a run to put the Aggies within two.
But two more runs from New Mexico in the home half of the seventh would be enough to lift the Lobos to an 8-4 victory.
Of the Aggies’ 13 hits, five went for extra-bases, including doubles from Hooper, Aguiar, Briggs, and Pluschkell.
Ryan Anderson paced the UC Davis offense with three hits on the afternoon and finished the weekend 8-for-14 with a pair of doubles and a home run. Hooper and Pluschkell each added two hits apiece, ending the weekend 6-for-12 and 6-for-15, respectively.
UC Davis is set to return home to wrap up Big West play hosting UC Irvine for three, beginning Thursday (May 24) at 2:30 p.m. at Phil Swimley Field.
New Mexico 8, UC Davis 4 (05/20/18 at Albuquerque, N.M.)
UC Davis............ 021 000 100 - 4 13 0 (16-34)
New Mexico.......... 110 013 20X - 8 13 2 (20-33-1)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Brown, Chris; Erwin, Brett(6); Loar, Connor(7) and Denholm, Logan.
New Mexico - GARLEY, Nathaniel; GASSER, Robert(7); EMOND, Malachi(7) and HERRERA, Daniel.
Win-GARLEY, Nathaniel(3-4) Save-EMOND, Malachi(2) Loss-Erwin, Brett(0-2) T-2:50 A-536
HR UCD - Anderson, Ryan (7).
HR NM - WATARI, Justin (2); HERRERA, Daniel (3).
Weather: 73F, Sunny, in from RF @11 MPH
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