Aggies head north for four against Oregon schools

Sophomore Robert Garcia tied a career high with nine strikeouts in the opener against Utah Valley last week at Dobbins Stadium. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
March 3, 2017

ON DECK…
GAMES 7-9: UC Davis (3-3) at No. 4 Oregon State (7-1)
Fri.-Sun., March 3-5, 2017
5:35 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.
Goss Stadium at Coleman Field
Corvallis, Ore.
Game 1: Live Stats | Video
Game 2: Live Stats | Video
Game 3: Live Stats | Video

GAME 10: UC Davis (3-3) at Oregon (4-3)
Monday, March 6, 2017
6 p.m.
PK Park
Eugene, Ore.
Live Stats | Video

ON THE MOUND…
Friday: LHP Robert Garcia (0-0, 4.22 ERA) vs. LHP Luke Heimlich (1-0, 0.71 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Orlando Razo (2-0, 2.08 ERA) vs. RHP Sam Tweedt (2-0, 1.64 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Justin Mullins (0-0, 6.23 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Thompson (3-0, 1.32 ERA)
Monday: UC Davis TBA vs. Oregon TBA

PLAY BALL!: A difficult stretch awaits the UC Davis baseball team in the "Beaver State," as the Aggies head north for four games against a pair of Pac-12 Conference foes this weekend. UC Davis opens with a three-game series against nationally ranked Oregon State beginning Friday (March 3) at 5:35 p.m., with games two and three to follow at 1:35 p.m. and 1:05 p.m., respectively, on Saturday (March 4) and Sunday (March 5). The Aggies then continue south for a single game on Monday (March 6) at 6 p.m., when they make the short jaunt to Eugene, Ore., to face the University of Oregon.

IN THE POLLS: Oregon State is ranked among the top 10 in all five national polls, standing as high as No. 4 in the country according to the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball… The Beavers are rank No. 8 according to Baseball America, No. 7 according to D1Baseball.com, and No. 7 according to the preseason USA Today poll… Both UC Davis and Oregon are unranked this week.

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ABOUT THE BEAVERS: This weekend marks the home opener for Oregon State after the Beavers kicked off the season with a 10-day, eight-game stretch on the road in Surprise, Ariz., finishing the trip with a 7-1 overall record and outscoring four opponents by a total of, 43-16… OSU opened with five straight wins over the likes of Indiana, Duke, and Nebraska, before suffering its only loss of the season to Ohio State on Feb. 24… The Beavers bounced back to beat the Buckeyes in a rematch, as well as take another from the Huskers, to close out the trip to Arizona… The Beavers are hitting .270 as a team, led by sophomore outfielder Nick Madrigal's .367 average over eight games, adding seven runs scored, a home run, and five RBI… Junior infielder Michael Gretler (.350) and junior catcher KJ Harrison (.333) are also regulars batting above the .300 mark this season, with Harrison leading the way with seven RBI… The Oregon State pitching staff has been stingy, posting a 1.50 ERA and a .207 average against to start the year, with this weekend's projected rotation posting a 6-0 record and a combined 1.21 ERA with 37 strikeouts against only 10 walks.

SERIES NOTES: The series between UC Davis and Oregon State is tied at two wins apiece, but the two programs haven't met on the diamond since 2007 when the Beavers posted an 11-2 win over the Aggies in Davis, Calif… The last three meetings have all been played in Northern California as the two programs will face one another in Corvallis, Ore., for the first time since 1961, when UC Davis posted a 17-16 win over Oregon State… The Aggies' last win over the Beavers came on Feb. 24, 2006, in a 2-1 victory over the then-No. 6 ranked Beavers at the River City Classic co-hosted by UC Davis and Sacramento State.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Oregon enters the weekend with a 4-3 overall record heading into a three-game home series against Mississippi State… After splitting a four-game series with Fresno State to kick-off the season, the Ducks took two-of-three at the Tony Gwynn Classic, defeating UC Irvine and Seton Hall before falling to San Diego… Senior outfielder Jake Bennett paces all regulars with a .308 average, scoring four times and driving in three… Junior infielder Daniel Patzlaff has supplied the power with a pair of home runs and seven RBI, while batting an even .300 on the season… The Oregon pitching staff has posted a combined 4.05 ERA through its first seven games, holding opponents to a .259 average and striking out 59 batters against only 16 walks.

SERIES NOTES: Oregon leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 2-1, but the two haven't met since the Ducks reinstated their program after a 26-year absence in 2009… The last meeting between the two programs came on March 27, 1977, in Davis, Calif. -- a game won by Oregon, 11-9… The Aggies' only win in the series came on March 24, 1969, in a 4-3 victory at home… The only other meeting in the series came during the 1964 season when the Ducks edged UC Davis, 3-1, in a tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif.

VERSUS THE PAC-12: UC Davis has played 10 of the 11 current baseball-playing members of the Pac-12 Conference, having faced every team but USC… The Aggies are a combined 50-134-1 against the league, with the majority of those games played against Bay Area rivals California (67) and Stanford (66)… UC Davis holds a winning record against Utah (12-9) and is 2-2 in four all-time meetings with Oregon State, while also posting wins in series against UCLA (1-2), Washington (3-4), Washington State (4-5), and Oregon (1-2).

AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: In the program's Division I Era, UC Davis is a combined 20-68 against nationally ranked teams, having posted a win over a ranked squad in three of the last four seasons… UC Davis' last win over a nationally ranked opponent came on May 8 of last season when the Aggies completed a series victory by taking two-of-three from then-No. 13 UC Santa Barbara, 13-3, in the finale… At No. 4 in the nation, Oregon State is the highest-ranked opponent that UC Davis has faced since they faced a No. 4-ranked Cal State Fullerton squad on April 5-7, 2013 at home… This weekend also marks the highest-ranked team that the Aggies will have faced on the road since taking on then-No. 1 Stanford on Feb. 28, 2012.

LAST TIME OUT: A five-game trip against a trio of Pac-12 Conference schools got off to a rough start against No. 22 Stanford on Tuesday (Feb. 28), as the host Cardinal scored early to jump out to a big lead and cruise to an, 8-2, win over UC Davis at Sunken Diamond. Junior Guillermo Salazar finished with a pair of hits and sophomore Ryan Anderson added an RBI single in the loss, as the Aggies were held to just six hits on the day and stranded 10 on base -- five of those in scoring position.

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.

SHORT HOPS…
-- Junior Guillermo Salazar's two hits on Tuesday against No. 22 Stanford tied a career high last set in back-to-back games against Cal Poly on May 27-28 of last season...
-- The Aggies have at least one extra base hit in each of the first six games of the season…
-- Senior Cameron Olson, junior Alex Aguiar, and sophomore Ryan Anderson, each collected hits against the Cardinal to extend their hitting streaks to four games -- the longest active such streaks and tied with teammate Ryan Hooper for the longest by an Aggie this season…
-- Aguiar, Anderson, and senior Jacob Thomas have all reached base safely in each of the first six games to start the year…
-- UC Davis has outscored the opposition, 20-10, in the final three innings of games this season, and have outscored opponents, 33-31, overall...
-- The Aggies have been hit by a pitch 12 times already this season led by three from Thomas…
-- On the flip side, UC Davis pitchers have hit only one batter in 52 innings…
-- Usually the Aggies go-to arm for mid-week starts in 2016, senior right-hander Justin Mullins made his first weekend start (Feb. 26 vs. Utah Valley) for UC Davis since April 10, 2016, when he struck out seven in seven innings against conference rival Hawai'i in game two of the series…
-- Aggies making their season debuts at Stanford: senior catcher Elijah Ontiveros (defensive replacement in the sixth inning), freshman infielder Steve Ouellette (pinch-hit and walked in the ninth inning), and sophomore catcher Houston Roberts (defensive replacement in the eighth)
-- Junior right-hander Zach Stone has yet to allow a run and scattered only four hits in three appearances for the Aggies this season, extending his modest scoreless innings streak to 11.1 innings dating back to his two appearances on the mound last year against Portland (2/19) and Santa Clara (2/25).