GAME 5-7: Creighton (1-2) at UC Davis (2-2)
Fri.-Sun., Feb. 23-25, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium
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ON THE MOUND…
Probable starters for this weekend's series
Friday: Matt Blais (1-0,1.12 ERA) vs. Ryan Tapani (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
Saturday: Chris Brown (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Mitch Ragan (0-1, 9.0 ERA)
Sunday: Blake Hannah (0-1, 27.0 ERA) vs. Preston Church (0-1, 20.25 ERA)
DAVIS, Calif. — Following a narrow 3-2 loss to No. 13 Stanford earlier this week, the UC Davis baseball team (2-2) looks to bounce back this weekend as it welcomes Creighton for three at Dobbins Complex. Friday’s game marks the second of an eight-game homestand for the Aggies with first pitch on Friday (Feb. 23) scheduled for 2 p.m. The series continues on Saturday (Feb. 24) at 1 p.m., and wraps up on Sunday (Feb. 25) at 1 p.m. The Aggies will also be honoring past alumni from the program’s 2003 College World Series team during Saturday’s game, as former players return to Dobbins Stadium and dust off their gloves to deliver the ceremonial first pitch during. Following Saturday's game, UC Davis baseball will host its annual First Pitch Dinner to kick off the 2018 season and honor the accomplishments of the 2003 Division II College World Series team at the El Macero Country Club located El Macero, Calif.
IN THE POLLS
Both UC Davis and Creighton are unranked this week.
The Bluejays opened their 2018 campaign taking one of three against Northeastern, opening with a 15-7 win before falling, 12-7, in game two, and 8-3 in the series finale… Junior outfielder Clark Brinkman led the Bluejays with seven hits during the opening weekend, while scoring seven and slugging two doubles, one triple, and one homerun, while driving in six… Creighton’s pitching staff gave up 39 hits and a .345 average to Northeastern hitters.
Creighton leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 4-2, taking the series win over the Aggies 2-1 in both meetings… UC Davis hosted Creighton in the two program’s first meeting on the diamond back in 2012… The two squads met up again just last season, when the Aggies traveled to Omaha, Neb. for three against host Creighton and to make up a cancelled game against Omaha… The Aggies’ last win over the Bluejays came on March 26, 2017, when UC Davis posted the largest margin of victory in series history with the Bluejays, taking the win in game one, 12-1… In each of Creighton’s four victories over UC Davis, the margin of victory has never surpassed more than one run, with the Aggies falling, 7-6, 4-3, 2-1, and 4-3 on March 3, 2012, March 4, 2012, March 27, 2017, and March 28, 2017, respectively.
PLUSCHKELL NAMED BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After hitting a team-high .833 at the plate in the Aggies’ road series victory over CSU Bakersfield, UC Davis shortstop Brad Pluschkell was named Big West Conference Field Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday (2/19). The conference nod marks the first player of the week award for the Aggies this season and first in Pluschkell’s career. The Pleasanton, Calif. native began his 2018 campaign 4-for-4 with two runs scored in the Aggies’ 8-1 road victory over CSU Bakersfield. Pluschkell went on to match his 4-for-4 effort in game two while scoring one to help the Aggies to a 15-1 win, then wrapped up the series finale 2-for-4 with an on-base percentage of .846 and .917 slugging percentage.
ALL-TIME UC DAVIS BIG WEST PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jake Jefferies - 4/14/08
Kyle Mihaylo - 5/5/08
David Popkins - 5/24/10
Scott Heylman - 4/11/11
Scott Kalush - 5/2/11
Eric Johnson - 5/14/12
Steven Patterson - 4/22/13
Nick Lynch - 2/24/14, 3/16/15
Izaak Silva - 3/30/15
Austin March - 4/27/15
Jacob Thomas - 2/20/17
Orlando Razo - 2/27/17, 4/17/17
Robert Garcia 5/8/17
Justin Mullins - 5/15/17
Brad Pluschkell - 2/19/18
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
Freshman right-hander Jared Sasaki made his official debut on the mound in the ninth inning of the Aggies’ season-opener against CSU Bakersfield (Feb.16), throwing one inning of hitless, scoreless relief to help UC Davis to its 8-1 victory to jumpstart the 2018 season. Also making his collegiate debut as an Aggie was redshirt freshman Spencer Gedestad, who was 2-for-4 on the night, stepping in as the designated hitter. Freshman right-hander Brett Erwin made his official debut in the Aggies 15-1 victory over Bakersfield after allowing no runs on three hits across three innings of work, while reshman Tanner Murray is still looking for his first career hit after appearing in games two and three of the series. In the series finale, Joseph Myers earned his first career start at third base, while right-hander Ryan Rodriguez pitched the final two innings allowing just one hit and striking out two in the process. Junior newcomer Alex Trautner and freshman Joseph Torres both appeared on the mound in the Aggies’ home opener against No. 13 Stanford earlier in the week on Feb. 19.
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, 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.
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.
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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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).
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.
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