Aggie Baseball opens season in Bakersfield

Feb. 15, 2018

ON DECK…
GAME 1-3: UC Davis (0-0) at CSU Bakersfield (0-0)
Fri.-Sun., Feb. 16-18, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hardt Field
Bakersfield, Calif.
Live Coverage: Live Stats

GAME 4: Stanford at UC Davis
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium
Davis, Calif.

ON THE MOUND…
Friday: RHP Matt Blais (1-3, 3.86) vs. Aaron Charles (4-1, 4.29)
Saturday: LHP Chris Brown (1-5, 7.31) vs. Kyle King (Transfer)
Sunday: RHP Blake Hannah (2-0, 3.95) vs. TBD

DAVIS, Calif. — The UC Davis baseball team officially begins its 2018 slate on the road this weekend as the Aggies head south for a three-game series against CSU Bakersfield. The Aggies open on Friday night (Feb. 16) at 6 p.m., continue on Saturday (Feb. 17) at 1 p.m., and wrap up the series on Sunday (Feb. 18) with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m. Fans can find live stats coverage for all three games by clicking above or by clicking here

IN THE POLLS
Stanford ranks in the top-25 in all five national polls, standing as high as No. 9 according to Baseball America… The Cardinal also rank No. 13 according to both D1Baseball.com and the NCBWA, No. 16 according to the preseason USA Today poll, and No. 24 according to Collegiate Baseball… Both UC Davis and Bakersfield are unranked this week.

ABOUT BAKERSFIELD
Of the Roadrunners’ 34-man roster, 18 are newcomers, including 12 freshman and six junior college transfers… Bakersfield’s offense is led by senior infielder Andrew Penner who ranked 41st in the nation for his .372 average at the plate and 92nd in hits per game (1.43)… Senior closer Naithen Dewsnap paces the Roadrunners on the mound a season after finishing 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA and 14 saves across 48.2 innings of work in 2017… Finishing 28-20 overall and 13-8 in Western Athletic Conference play, the Roadrunners ended the 2017 season third in the league.

ABOUT STANFORD
The Cardinal will begin their 2018 campaign with a three game series at home against CSU Fullerton on Feb. 16-18, before making their way to the UC Davis campus on Monday (Feb. 19) for the Aggies’ home opener at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium… Stanford is led by senior infielder Jesse Kuet at the plate, who posted a .333 average last season with 26 hits across 30 games played… Junior left-hander Kris Bubic paces the pitching staff after finshing 7-6 with a 2.79 ERA and 96 strikeouts across 90.1 innings pitched in 2017… At last season’s NCAA Tournament, the No. 1 seed in the Stanford regional passed by Sacramento State on its way to face the No. 2 seed, Fullerton. After falling 4-1 to the Titans, the Cardinal surpassed the No. 3 seed in BYU to keep their tournament run alive, but could not overtake Fullerton in their second meeting… Finishing 42-16 overall and 21-9 in conference play, Stanford finished second in the league behind College World Series participant Oregon State (27-3, 56-6 Pac-12).

THE AGGIES AT A GLANCE
UC Davis looks to rebound off a 2017 season that saw the Aggies finish 21-30 overall and 10-14 in Big West play in 2017. Returning 18 letter winners and five starters in the field from last season’s squad, while welcoming nine newcomers and four junior college transfers, the Aggies skew young for the 2018 season. UC Davis brings back two of its top hitters from last year, including All-Big West second team selection Ryan Hooper. The senior outfielder finished second on the team with a .310 average to go along with 30 runs scored, six home runs, and 29 RBI. He stood second only to junior teammate Ryan Anderson, who led the Aggies with a .313 average in 51 games, collecting 14 doubles, six home runs and a team-high 39 RBI, while also collecting hits in 19 consecutive games at one point to tie the school's Division I record. Fellow returning senior Alex Aguiar started 46 of 50 games last season, posting 14 doubles, scoring 26 runs, and driving in 17. On the mound, UC Davis will look to rebuild its weekend rotation after left-handers Robert Garcia (15th round, Kansas City) and Orlando Razo (16th round, Seattle) were taken in last year's Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, and right-hander Justin Mullins (4-3, 3.55 ERA) was lost to graduation. Senior right-hander Matt Blais paces the pitching staff this season after finishing 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 58.1 innings of work in 2017.

CAL AGGIE ALUMNI RECEPTION IN BAKERSFIELD
The Cal Aggie Alumni Association will be holding a pre-game reception prior to Saturday’s (Feb. 17) game at the Lengthwise Brewery located at The Marketplace from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet up with fellow Aggies and friends before heading to the game to cheer on UC Davis baseball! Those planning on attending Saturday’s reception are asked to register now by clicking here.

ALL HANDS ON DECK
UC Davis is set to play 13 of its games against five teams that advanced to last season’s NCAA Tournament, including Big West rival, Cal State Fullerton, who also participated in the College World Series. The Titans went 3-0 to sweep the Stanford Regional as the second seed, then went 2-1 against archrival Long Beach State in the super regional. In the College World Series, Fullerton was edged, 6-5, by the No. 1 seed Oregon State, then lost, 6-4, to Florida State in the elimination game.  

Among the other post-season qualifiers, the Aggies will play three at home against St. John's (No. 3 seed in the Clemson Regional) on Mar. 2-4 as well as a home-and-home with Causeway rival Sacramento State (No. 4 seed in the Stanford Regional) first at home on April 17, then on the road on May 8, and a home-and-home with Stanford (No. 1 seed in the Stanford Regional) as the Aggies open play at Phil Swimley Field on Feb. 19 then at Klein Field on April 10. Sandwiched in-between games against the Hornets, UC Davis will travel to face conference foe Long Beach State (No. 1 seed in the Long Beach Regional) on April 27-29, then turnaround to face Fullerton (No. 2 seed in the Stanford Regional) on May 4-6 at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium. 

CAL STATE FULLERTON PICKED TO REPEAT IN BIG WEST POLL
According to a vote of the league’s coaches, Cal State Fullerton, who finished third in the conference, is picked to stand atop the 2018 league standings after picking up six first-place votes en route to a total of 73 points. Long Beach State earned the second slot with 65 points and two first-place votes, while Cal Poly was selected third with 64 points. UC Santa Barbara was selected fourth (49), followed by CSUN in fifth (48), UC Irvine received the final first-place vote and 43 points, followed by Hawai’i in seventh (27), UC Riverside (26), and UC Davis (10).

AGGIES WELCOME EIGHT FALL SIGNEES FOR 2019 SEASON
UC Davis baseball head coach Matt Vaughn announced the signing of five high schoolers along with three junior college transfers to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at UC Davis beginning in the 2019 season. The all-California group includes local talents Jake Jordan (Elk Grove, Calif./Elk Grove HS), Cooper Morrison (El Cerrito, Calif./Albany HS), and Nathan Peng (Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga HS), in addition to Southern California standout Cade Wesolowsky (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla Country Day School) and Bakersfield, Calif. native, Jalen Smith (Stockdale HS). Cooper Morrison (El Cerrito, Calif./Albany HS) is entering his second year at Reedley College, while Justin Smith (Roseville, Calif./Woodcreek HS) is beginning his second year at Yuba College, and Wyatt Tucker (Blue Lake, Calif./Acata HS) will enter his second season at the College of San Mateo.

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ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and animal science programs.

DON'T MISS OUT!
Season tickets for UC Davis men's and women's basketball are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at UCDavisAggies.com.

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