Aggies Stay Local for Jack Gifford Memorial Tourney

Junior outfielder Kevin Barker has hits in eight of the Aggies' 11 games this season -- including six multi-hit contests.
 
Junior outfielder Kevin Barker has hits in eight of the Aggies' 11 games this season -- including six multi-hit contests.
 

March 6, 2014

THIS WEEK IN AGGIES BASEBALL...
UC Davis (4-7) at Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament
Santa Clara, Calif. | Schott Stadium
San Jose, Calif. | Municipal Stadium

Friday, March 7 at Santa Clara, 4 p.m. - Live Stats | Video
Friday, March 7 vs. Pacific (at Santa Clara), 7 p.m. - Live Stats | Video
Saturday, March 8 at San Jose State, 3 p.m. - Gametracker
Sunday, March 9 at San Jose State, 1 p.m. - Gametracker | Video

PROJECTED PITCHING MATCH-UPS...
Friday (Game 1)
UC Davis: RHP Spencer Koopmans (1-0, 3.38 ERA)
Santa Clara: RHP Steven Wilson (0-1, 4.34 ERA)

Friday (Game 2)
UC Davis: RHP Harry Stanwyck (0-2, 4.02 ERA)
Pacific: RHP Mike Hager (2-0, 2.08 ERA)

Saturday
UC Davis: RHP Evan Wolf (0-1, 7.16 ERA)
San Jose State: TBA


 

 

Sunday
RHP Max Cordy (1-0, 4.82 ERA)
San Jose State: TBA 

FIRST PITCH: After having its three-game winning streak snapped in the rainy Pacific Northwest, the UC Davis baseball team will stay local in hopes of starting a new streak this weekend, making the short jaunt to Santa Clara and San Jose, Calif., for the 2014 Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament co-hosted by the Broncos and Spartans. The Aggies open the weekend with a Friday (March 7) doubleheader against a pair of West Coast Conference schools in Santa Clara and Pacific beginning at 4 p.m., before heading to San Jose to take on the Spartans on Saturday (March 8) and Sunday (March 9) at 3 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Davis, Santa Clara, Pacific, nor San Jose State, are ranked among the nation's top 25 entering this weekend's games.

I NEED STATS, STAT!: Barring technical difficulties, live statistics will also be available for all games this weekend from Santa Clara and San Jose. Live video will also be available for the Aggies' two games on Friday from Schott Stadium and Sunday's game only at San Jose State due to a conflict with the Spartans' men's basketball game. Links for both live stats and video will be available on the baseball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com.

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: The Broncos enter the weekend with a 6-7 overall record, having lost three of their last four following a four-game winning streak... Santa Clara was shutout by Cal Poly, 7-0, in six innings in its last outing on March 4, and will face Washington on Thursday before hosting the Aggies... senior utility man Greg Harisis leads all Santa Clara regulars with a .375 average to go with five doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI... sophomore right-hander Peter Hendron and junior right-hander Chris Heckert each have two wins on the mound this season, with Hendron leading the way with a 1.31 ERA... D.J. Zapata leads the staff with 14 strikeouts in 20 innings.

SCOUTING PACIFIC: The Tigers enter the weekend with a 7-7 overall record, having lost its last two straight to Utah Valley (8-5) and Nevada (8-4) following a three-game winning streak... Pacific will face San Jose State on Thursday prior to taking on the Aggies... sophomore infielder Brett Sullivan leads all Tigers regulars with a .469 average to go along with three triples, a home run, and 10 RBI... junior right-hander Mike Hager (whom UC Davis will face on Friday) and senior left-hander John Haberman are both 2-0 on the season, with Hager leading the starters with a 2.08 ERA... Pacific's pitching staff is holding opponents to a .231 average combined on the season.

SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans are 4-9 overall on the season and are coming off a series loss to Nevada last weekend and a mid-week, 10-0, shutout of Saint Mary's on Tuesday at home... San Jose State will meet Pacific on Thursday and Washington on Friday before hosting two games against UC Davis to close out the weekend... freshman outfielder Brett Bautista leads all Spartan regulars with a .387 average, slugging a pair of doubles and driving in four, while walking six times and posting a team-best .513 on-base percentage... senior catcher Kyle Gallegos leads the team with eight RBI while senior infielder Matt Carroll has provided the power with a pair of home runs... junior right-hander Kalei Contrades is 2-0 with a miniscule 0.71 ERA in four relief appearances, strikin gout 10 in 12.2 innings.

SERIES NOTES: In the Division I era, UC Davis is 10-4 all-time against Santa Clara, splitting a pair of mid-week contests last season against the Broncos with each team winning on its home field... the Aggies are an even 9-9 against Pacific, taking two-out-of-three from the Tigers in Stockton in their final season as Big West Conference rivals before Pacific made the jump to the West Coast Conference... UC Davis is 11-7 all-time against San Jose State as a Division I member, including a pair of mid-week wins in 2013 by the scores of 22-4 at home and 9-2 in San Jose.

PATTERSON ON A ROLL (HOLD THE MAYO): Senior infielder Steven Patterson carries a team-best six-game hitting streak into this weekend's tournament action, including a trio of multiple-hit games over that stretch. The Stockton native is batting .417 (10-for-24) during his recent run -- including a 3-for-4 day in the second game of the series at Washington last weekend -- to go with four runs scored, a pair of doubles, his first home run of the season, and six RBI. The display has helped raise his average almost 150 points from a season-low .167 back on Feb. 20 to .310 entering the weekend -- good for fourth on the team.

LET'S TURN TWO: The pitcher's best friend. The Aggies' defense has been quite adept at "turning two" this season, sharing the Big West Conference lead with Hawai'i heading into the fourth week of the season with 11 double plays turned thus far. Senior Steven Patterson ranks tied atop the Big West charts as part of nine twin-killings this season while shortstop Tino Lipson ranks in a tie for fourth on the list with his hand in seven double plays for UC Davis.

"BIG HIT! HAPPY BODY!": Thanks to Patterson's first home run of the season in game three of the series at Washington, the Aggies are inching ever so closer to their entire total from all of 2013 when they slugged a combined 13 home runs. Junior Nick Lynch's four home runs this season are just one shy of last year's leader, Paul Politi, who had five round-trippers in 56 games, and rank second in the Big West Conference behind UC Riverside's Nick Vilter, who has six. A sixth home run this year for Lynch would give him the most by a UC Davis slugger since Kyle Mihaylo hit seven for the Aggies in 2010.

YARD WORK: Speaking of home runs, the Aggies' seven round-trippers this season rank in a four-way tie for the top spot in the Big West heading into the week, matching Cal Poly, UC Riverside, and Cal state Fullerton.

BET YOU CAN'T HIT JUST ONE: At the plate, junior outfielder Kevin Barker hasn't been satistifed with just one hit... he always seems to come back for seconds (or thirds). The San Francisco native has hits in eight of the Aggies' 11 games thus far this season -- including a team-high six multi-hit games. Barker logged two more two-hit games against the Huskies last weekend, finishing the Washington series 4-for-11 (.364), and had a season-best 3-for-5 day with three RBI against Portland back on Feb. 23.

THREE FOR 10 (OR MORE): Barker's 15 hits rank him tied for seventh in the Big West Conference entering this week's games, and he stands as one of three Aggies with double-digit hits on the season. Steven Patterson (13) and Nick Lynch (11) join him in the club, and the trio stands among a group of six Aggie regulars hitting better than .290 overall on the season.

STINGY: Senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck and junior righty Spencer Koopmans have been downright stingy thus far when it comes to hits, holding opponents to a .157 and .207 average against, respectively, in six combined starts this season. Stanwyck's mark ranks fifth in the Big West heading into the week with Koopmans standing just outside the top 10 in the league.

QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON: Speaking of that dynamic duo, Stanwyck and Koopmans each posted "quality starts" despite earning no decision's in their games against Washington over the weekend. In the opener, Stanwyck allowed just one run on two hits in seven innings before the Huskies rallied back against the bullpen for a 4-1 win, while Koopmans went six innings, allowing a run on four hits in game two before Washington pushed across the game-winner in the ninth on an error. The two performances marked only the second and third times this season a UC Davis starter has worked six innings or more in a game -- the third being senior right-hander Evan Wolf, who went seven innings against Seattle on Feb. 14.

AHHHHH!: That's the sound of relief, and true freshmen Orlando Razo and Zach Stone have provided just that out of the bullpen for the Aggies in their brief Division I careers thus far. The duo have combined to allow just two earned runs over 13.2 innings (1.32 ERA) while holding opponents to a combined .182 batting average (8-for-44) in seven appearances.

MAY THE WALKS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR: Senior outfielder Seth Batty has worked the count to his favor to the tune of eight walks in 11 games thus far this season, leading the team in that category and ranking in a three-way tie for second in the Big West Conference entering the week, just one off the leaders. Batty, who drew at least one walk in five-straight games from Feb. 16-23, ranks behind only teammate Izaak Silva among Aggies regulars with his .419 on-base percentage, reaching base safely in eight of the team's 11 contests thus far.

THE "LYNCH"-PIN OF THE OFFENSE: An 0-for-1 performance in, what would turn out to be, the series finale at Washington last weekend, may have snapped junior Nick Lynch's hitting streak at six games, but the junior is still pouring it on after an 0-for-9 start to the season, batting .393 (11-for-28) over his last seven contests, with six runs scored, four home runs, and seven RBI. Thanks, in large part, to those four home runs, Lynch is slugging .622 on the season -- a percentage that ranks sixth in the Big West heading into this week's games.