Aggies host Wolverines in second try at home opener

Feb. 23, 2017

ON DECK…
GAME 3: Utah Valley (0-3) at UC Davis (1-1)
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Dobbins Stadium
Davis, Calif.
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GAME 4: Utah Valley (0-3) at UC Davis (1-1)
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Dobbins Stadium
Davis, Calif.
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GAME 5: Utah Valley (0-3) at UC Davis (1-1)
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Dobbins Stadium
Davis, Calif.
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ON THE MOUND…
Friday: LHP Robert Garcia (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. LHP Jackson Cofer (0-1, 7.20 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Orlando Razo (1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Mayer (0-1, 15.43 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Justin Mullins (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Kaden Schmitt (0-0, 11.25 ERA)

PLAY BALL: After Mother Nature forced unplayable field conditions for the Aggies' home opener earlier in the week, the UC Davis baseball team hopes the forecast is a little more forgiving this weekend when it hosts Utah Valley in a three-game series at Dobbins Stadium. The series opens Friday afternoon (Feb. 24) at 2 p.m., with a 1 p.m. first pitch scheduled for both Saturday (Feb. 25) and Sunday (Feb. 26).

IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Davis, nor Utah Valley, are ranked in the national polls entering the weekend.

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ABOUT THE WOLVERINES: Utah Valley enters the weekend with an 0-3 record to start the season after being swept on the road at Wichita State, sandwiching a pair of one-run defeats around a 16-2 loss in game two of the series, and out-scored 26-10 in the series… Freshman Jake Berry -- a Lafayette, Calif., native -- leads the offense in the early going with a .429 average in three games, driving in three runs, while junior Jackson Overlund has a team-best four hits, including a home run and three RBI as well… The Utah Valley pitching staff sports an 8.25 ERA and a .313 average against after opening weekend as each member of the scheduled starting rotation has given up at least four earned and has not lasted longer than five innings this season… The UVU bullpen has been busy as 10 relievers have already seen action, all but three of those throwing an inning-or-more.

SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Utah Valley by a, 5-2, count dating back to the first meeting between the two programs in 2005… The two programs last met last season at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament in Santa Clara with the Aggies and Wolverines splitting a pair of contests: UC Davis winning the first meeting, 2-0, before falling in a, 10-8, slugfest in the tournament finale… The Aggies rallied back from a pair of four-run deficits in the finale to take a late lead before Utah Valley scored three times in the final three innings for the win… UC Davis is 4-1 at home against the Wolverines, with the last meeting coming during the 2006 season -- an 8-7 victory for the Aggies… UC Davis swept a three-game series from UVU in 2005 by the scores of 7-5, 12-5, and 10-2.

HOME OPENERS (TAKE TWO): The Aggies are 4-5 all-time in home openers at the Division I level, last posting a win on Feb. 17, 2015, against Santa Clara. Friday's home opener (weather permitting) is the latest home opener since UC Davis opened at Dobbins against San Francisco on Feb. 24, 2009.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Tuesday's game against Pacific has been rescheduled for May 22 at 2 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium in what is now the final home game of the regular season following a three-game non-conference series with Grand Canyon on May 19-21.

AGGIES INVADE RALEY FIELD: UC Davis will host Big West Conference rival Cal Poly at Raley Field -- home of the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats -- in the second game of their three-game series on April 14. After having played the role of the visiting team four times in Causeway rivalry games against Sacramento State at Raley Field, the Aggies will host a game at the ballpark for the first time since 2005, when they welcomed reigning NCAA champion Cal State Fullerton for the opener of a three-game series against the Titans. More information on that game, including season ticket information and details on a special weekend pass for the Cal Poly series that will feature the naming of the playing surface at Dobbins Stadium in honor of Hall of Fame head coach Phil Swimley, is available here: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/012717aaa.html.

THOMAS NAMED BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: A pair of three-hit games in the Aggies' opening weekend at the UNLV Classic lifted senior infielder Jacob Thomas to Big West Conference Player of the Week honors on Feb. 20 -- the first such honor for the Stockton, Calif., native and the first for a UC Davis player since Austin March on April 27, 2015. Thomas, who hit .667 and slugged 1.333 in a weekend split with three doubles and his first career home run as an Aggie, became only the 11th different UC Davis player to earn Big West player of the week honors since the program's Division I debut in 2008.

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

YARD WORK: Thomas wasn't the only one to leave the yard over the weekend in Las Vegas, as sophomore Ryan Anderson and junior Ryan Hooper also slugged their firsts of the season against Saint Mary's and UNLV, respectively. For Anderson, it was the third of his career and his first since March 24 of last season against Air Force, while Hooper blasted the second of his career and his first since a round-tripper at Cal State Fullerton on April 17 of last season.

THE LONG ROAD BACK: When junior left-hander Orlando Razo took the ball for Sunday's first pitch against UNLV, it signaled the end of a long journey back from an injury that had kept the San Mateo, Calif., native sidelined for the better part of the last two seasons. After posting a team-best 1.34 ERA in 19 relief appearances as a true freshman in 2014, Razo was off to a strong start as a sophomore -- his first as a starter -- posting a 4-2 record with a 3.27 ERA before going down with an arm injury after only 1.2 innings in a road contest at Hawai'i on April 3, 2015. He returned to the mound against the Rebels on Sunday, allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings of work to earn his first win since a 4-3 victory over Fresno State on March 14, 2015, when he struck out six without a walk, allowing just two runs over 7.1 innings on the road.

GUESS WHO'S BACK: Also missing a good portion of the 2016 season was junior right-hander Zach Stone, who suffered an injury prior to his scheduled start against No. 20 Michigan and never returned to the mound last year, came out firing on all cylinders in the Aggies' win over UNLV on Sunday, nailing down the victory by scattering just three hits over two shutout innings. A two-time All-Big West selection who has earned a spot on the watch list for the NCBWA's "Stopper of the Year" Award as a freshman and sophomore, Stone set the UC Davis career record for saves with his 22nd on May 8, 2015, by finishing off a 5-3 win over CSUN.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB: Freshman Alejandro Lara became the first of 10 newcomers of the 2017 UC Davis roster to make his Division I debut, starting at third base in Sunday's win over UNLV, but still looking for the first hit of his young career after finishing 0-for-2. Lara, a Fairfield, Calif., native, was a three-time Solano County Athletic Conference MVP and first team all-league selection, who hit .425 with 27 runs scored, 28 RBI, and 10 stolen bases, while posting a .529 on-base percentage as a senior at Vanden HS.

QUICK HITS…
-- Nearly half of UC Davis' 19 hits thus far this season have gone for extra bases as the Aggies have slugged five doubles and three home runs through their first two games of the year...

-- The 10 hits against Saint Mary's in the season opener on Feb. 17 were the most for UC Davis in an opener since the Aggies collected 13 in a win at Texas State on Feb. 13, 2015...

-- UC Davis' defense "turned two" three times in the win over UNLV on Feb. 19 -- the most double plays turned in a single game since the Aggies did so three times against San Francisco on March 1 of last season.