Nevada Visits Before Big West Race Begins

Senior Adam Young ranks second in the Big West and seventh in the NCAA with a .460 average entering this week's contests.
 
Senior Adam Young ranks second in the Big West and seventh in the NCAA with a .460 average entering this week's contests.
 

March 25, 2014

NEXT UP FOR AGGIES BASEBALL...
Nevada (12-11) at UC Davis (11-9)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Dobbins Stadium - Davis, Calif.
Game Coverage: Gametracker | Live Audio 

UC Davis (11-9, 0-0) at #5 Cal Poly (20-4, 0-0)
Baggett Stadium - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Friday, March 28, 2014, 6 p.m. - Live Stats | Video | Audio
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 6 p.m. - Live Stats | Video | Audio
Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1 p.m. - Live Stats | Video | Audio 

PROJECTED PITCHING MATCH-UPS...
Tuesday, March 25
UC Davis: Jr. RHP Robert Parucha (0-2, 5.14 ERA)
Nevada: Jr. RHP Jason Dietrich (0-0, 3.47 ERA)

Friday, March 28
UC Davis: Sr. RHP Harry Stanwyck (0-2, 5.14 ERA)
Cal Poly: Jr. LHP Matt Imhof (5-1, 1.27 ERA)

Saturday, March 29
UC Davis: So. RHP Max Cordy (1-0, 4.87 ERA)
Cal Poly: Jr. RHP Danny Zandona (1-0, 3.66 ERA)

Sunday, March 30
UC Davis: Sr. RHP Evan Wolf (2-1, 4.76 ERA)
Cal Poly: So. RHP Casey Bloomquist (5-0, 1.82 ERA) 

FIRST PITCH: Coming off its first series win of the season, the UC Davis baseball team (11-9 overall, 0-0 in the Big West Conference) ramps up for the conference chase with a mid-week home contest against Nevada before taking on league powerhouse Cal Poly this weekend in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Winners of three straight and seven of their last nine, the Aggies battle the Wolf Pack at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday (March 25) before opening their three-game series against the Mustangs on Friday (March 28) at 6 p.m. The Cal Poly series continues with a 6 p.m. game on Saturday (March 29) and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday (March 30) at Baggett Stadium.

IN THE POLLS: Cal Poly is ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation according to Baseball America and among the top 10 according to Collegiate Baseball (#9), the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (#9), and USA Today (#10). Neither UC Davis, nor Nevada, are ranked among the nation's top 25 entering this week's games.

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I NEED STATS, STAT!: Barring technical difficulties, live statistics -- as well as live audio -- will be available for all of this week's games from Dobbins Stadium and San Luis Obispo. Links will be available on the baseball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com.

HI, MOM!: Fans will be able to follow the UC Davis baseball and softball teams during trips to Southern California this spring as the Aggies will make five appearances on ESPN3 as part of a 28-game baseball and softball package unveiled by the Big West Conference. UC Davis baseball makes its 2014 television debut on Friday, April 4, against defending league champion, and preseason No. 1 pick, Cal State Fullerton, at 7 p.m. from Goodwin Field. Two weeks later, UC Davis and UC Riverside face off at the Riverside Sports Complex, with the first two games of the series on April 18-19 picked up by the network. First pitch for those two contests is scheduled for 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. For more information, visit http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/032014aaa.html.

SCOUTING NEVADA: The Wolf Pack enters the week with a 12-11 overall record, having won six of their last eight following a series sweep of conference rival Air Force over the weekend... Nevada allowed just four runs to the Falcons in the three-game set, improving to 6-1 at home this season following a series win over San Jose State and a mid-week victory against Pacific... junior Kewby Meyer leads the offense with a .330 average, 19 runs scored, 10 doubles, and 13 RBIs... the Wolf Pack offense is hitting .255 as a team, while the pitching staff has held opponents to a .258 clip through 23 games... sophomore right-hander Michael Fain leads the staff with a 3-1 record and a 2.25 ERA, striking out 27 and holding opponents to a .212 average... junior right-hander Jason Dietrich, who is scheduled to start Tuesday's contest, is 0-0 with a 3.47 ERA and a save in six appearances (three starts), holding opponents to a .256 average thus far.

SCOUTING CAL POLY: The Mustangs enter the opening weekend of conference play with a 20-4 overall record, having won 10 of their last 11 following a series win over California last weekend... Cal Poly, in the midst of an 18-game homestand, also has series sweeps over Northern Illinois and Wagner during that stretch... the Mustangs are 13-1 at home this season with the only loss coming in game two of the series against the Golden Bears... junior outfielder Nick Torres leads the offense with a .372 average, 21 runs scored, four home runs, and 27 RBIs... Cal Poly's pitching staff features a three-headed monster of junior left-hander Matt Imhof (5-1, 1.27 ERA), sophomore right-hander Casey Bloomquist (5-0, 1.82 ERA), and freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni (5-1, 2.76 ERA)... the Mustangs have combined for a 3.24 ERA as a staff, holding opponents to a .231 average.

SERIES NOTES: UC Davis is 2-9 against Nevada in the Division I era, splitting a pair of mid-week contests last season with an 11-10 loss at home and a 10-7 win in Reno... the win last season ended an eight-game losing streak to the Wolf Pack dating back to an 18-8 win in Reno in 2008... the Aggies are 2-4 all-time in the Division I era on Nevada's home field... UC Davis is 4-14 against Cal Poly since joining the Big West Conference in 2008, having losing three straight via a sweep by the Mustangs in 2013... this season will mark the third time in the last four seasons that the series will be held in San Luis Obispo... the Aggies last posted a win in the series on May 6, 2012 (5-4), taking two-out-of-three from Cal Poly at home... UC Davis has never won in San Luis Obispo since joining the Big West, going 0-9 on the Mustangs' home field.

PATTERSON CANDIDATE FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD: UC Davis senior infielder Steven Patterson has been selected as one of 30 candidates nationwide in the running for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

"I can think of no one that deserves this recognition more than Steven," UC Davis Head Coach Matt Vaughn said. "He epitomizes what this CLASS Award stands for, in addition to being a class act on and off the field. Anyone that is considered for this award should be a leader, someone showing the way... that is Steven Patterson."

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character, and competition. The program is designed for college seniors utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university, pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring.

From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the award in late April. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

Patterson is one of two players from the Big West Conference on the initial list, joining UC Irvine's Andrew Morales, and one of six from west of the Rockies along with Arizona State's Joshua McAlister, CSU Bakersfield's Oscar Sanay, Washington State's Collin Slaybaugh, and USC's Kevin Swick.

For more information on the Senior CLASS Award, please visit them online at www.seniorclassaward.com.

"0" YES!: UC Davis' 4-0 shutout of New Mexico State on March 15 in game three of their series was the Aggies' first since they blanked former Big West rival Pacific, 2-0, in the opening game of a three-game series on May 10, 2013, in Stockton, Calif.

IMPROVEMENT: UC Davis' 11 wins through 20 games this season are three more than the Aggies had through the same stretch in 2013 and one better than their total, at the time, heading into their Big West Conference opening series against Cal Poly (22 games).

SINGLES SCENE: Station-to-station baseball. That was the Aggies' M.O. for a stretch two weeks ago against San Jose State and New Mexico State as UC Davis had a string of 21 hits that all went for singles between the eighth inning of its March 11 game against the Spartans and the sixth inning of game two of the series against NMSU. The Aggies, who rank sixth in the Big West entering the week with 40 extra-base hits as a team, finished their four-game series with New Mexico State with 43 hits combined -- 34 of those singles.

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: After a short break, the offense has regained its momentum over the last two weeks, banging out double-digit hit totals in seven of its last eight games, averaging 12.8 hits per contest during that stretch. The Aggies, who also averaged 14.3 ppg over a three-game stretch from Feb. 21-23, have posted 10-or-more hits in better than half of their 20 games this season, including a 17-hit attack against Portland on Feb. 23. The performances have improved UC Davis' team average to a robust .291 heading into this week -- good enough for fourth in the Big West.

GET `EM ON...: Senior Adam Young has been an absolute pest to opposing pitchers in the month of March, reaching base safely in each of his last 11 games -- nine of those via a hit -- ranking seventh in the NCAA with a .460 average while leading the team in on-base percentage (.491). Ranking among the top 10 in the Big West in both categories (2nd and 5th, respectively) as well as slugging (T-10th at .500), Young has also tallied multiple hits in eight of those contests and scored a run in nine straight before being shutout in the series finale against New Mexico State.

GET `EM OVER...: Junior outfielder John Williams has been one of the Aggies' hottest hittings as of late, carrying a nine-game hitting streak into Tuesday's contest with Nevada -- the longest of the season by a UC Davis hitter. Williams is batting .343 (11-for-32) over that span to go with four runs scored and six RBI to offset an 0-for-10 start to the season.

GET `EM IN...: A lot of players have had a hand in UC Davis' 11 victories this season as seven different players have combined to drive home the game-winning run, while nine different Aggies have come around to score the game-winning run in 2014. Seth Batty, Steven Patterson, and Adam Young, have each accounted for a pair of game-winning RBIs, while Batty and Evan Heptig lead the way with a pair of game-winning runs scored.

DRIVING THEM BATTY: Junior outfielder Seth Batty continues to swing a hot bat, tallying hits in six of his last seven contests to raise his season average from .222 on March 7 to a sizzling .318 following the four games against New Mexico State. He has multiple hits in four of those six contests, batting .433 (13-for-30) with four runs scored, four RBI, and two of his team-best 10 total walks en route to a .439 on-base percentage, standing second among UC Davis regulars behind only teammate Adam Young.

TRIPLE UP: Patterson legged out his fourth triple of the season in game three of the Aggies' series against New Mexico State, moving him into a tie for second in the Big West Conference entering the week and matching John Williams' team-high total from 2013. A fifth triple this year would give Patterson the most by an Aggie since Robby Tulk finished with five in 2004 and put him three shy of the school single-season record shared by David Gordon (2000) and Jason Wright (1990).

"K"ORDY'S "K" COUNT: Sophomore right-hander Max Cordy was in a groove during the series finale against New Mexico State, striking out 10 Aggies over five innings of work as UC Davis eventually won the series with a 6-5 walk-off win. The total doubled Cordy's previous career high of five and marked the most strikeouts by an Aggies' pitcher since Dayne Quist finished with 11 K's against UC Riverside on April 20, 2012.

DOUBLE DUTY: Sophomore Spencer Henderson did it all in the series finale against New Mexico State, pitching the final four innings in relief to earn his first win of the season while finishing 3-for-5 with a run scored at the plate in the Aggies' 6-5 victory. Henderson allowed just one run on three hits during his stint on the mound, walking one and striking out five. In three relief appearances this season, Henderson has posted a 1.29 ERA and held opponents to a .125 average.

BARKER BETS YOU CAN'T HIT JUST ONE: Junior outfielder Kevin Barker hasn't been satisfied with just one hit... he seems to come back for seconds (or thirds). The San Francisco native continued his personal hit parade against New Mexico State, finishing with hits in three of the four games -- including two more multi-hit performances to bring his team-high total to 11 on the season. Barker's 30 hits are a team-high and rank in a three-way tie for sixth in the Big West Conference entering the week, putting him one back of his entire total (31) from the 2013 season and 21 behind his career high of 51 hits during his 2012 freshman campaign.

HITTING FOR THE CYCLE: Well... sort of. With his triple against Pacific on March 7 at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament, Patterson became the second Aggie to "hit for the cycle" overall this season, joining teammate Austin March as the only two UC Davis players to accomplish the feat, thus far. Patterson has three doubles, four triples, and a home run, to go with his 16 singles overall in 2014, while March has one of each extra-base hit variety as part of his 11 hits this season.

"BIG HIT! HAPPY BODY!": Kevin Barker's first home run of the season against Santa Clara on March 7 gave the Aggies a total of eight round-trippers this season, inching them ever so closer to their entire total from all of 2013, when they slugged a combined 13 home runs. Junior Nick Lynch's team-high four home runs this season (tied for third in the Big West) are just one shy of last year's leader, Paul Politi, who had five home runs in 56 games. A sixth home run by Lynch this season would give him the most by a UC Davis slugger since Kyle Mihaylo hit seven for the Aggies in 2010.

YARD WORK: UC Davis' eight home runs this season rank tied with Cal State Fullerton for fourth in the Big West entering the week, just three back of league-leading UC Santa Barbara.

CATCH A "WHIFF" OF THIS: UC Davis' 96 strikeouts at the plate are the second-fewest in the league this season, trailing only UC Santa Barbara and its 70 strikeouts through 20 games. The Aggies and the Gauchos are the only two Big West teams that enter the week with fewer than 100 strikeouts on the season.

NO HITS FOR YOU!: UC Davis pitching has combined to allow the fewest hits in the Big West entering the week, sharing the top spot with 147 hits allowed along with UC Santa Barbara. Opponents are hitting just .237 against Aggies pitching this season -- ranking fifth in the league -- while seven pitchers are holding the opposition to under a .250 average through 20 games. Individually, the trio of Max Cordy (15), Harry Stanwyck (21), and Spencer Koopmans (22), all rank among the top 10 in the league in fewest hits allowed, standing second, fourth, and seventh, in the Big West respectively.

STONE COLD: It may say "freshman" next to his name, but right-hander Zach Stone has been pitching like he's anything but over the last couple of weeks. Stone has allowed just one unearned run on three hits over his last 7.1 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.35 on the year, while walking just one batter and striking out seven. In that stretch, Stone has claimed his first collegiate win (March 11 vs. San Jose State) and racked up four saves to bring his season total in that category to five -- ranking in a three-way tie for second in the Big West entering the week. Overall, the Eureka, Calif., native has made nine appearances, allowing just two earned runs in 13.1 innings, walking three, and striking out 12, while holding opponents to a .149 average on the year.