Baseball Set for Four-Game Series with Hawai'i

Tom Briner has walked just 2 batters in 32.3 innings of work, ranking him seventh in Div. I. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Tom Briner has walked just 2 batters in 32.3 innings of work, ranking him seventh in Div. I. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

March 28, 2012

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Games 21-24: UC Davis (10-10) at Hawai'i (14-11)

Dates: Thursday, Mar. 29 (9:35 p.m.)
Friday, Mar. 30 (9:35 p.m.)
Saturday, Mar. 31 (9:05 p.m.)
Sunday, Apr. 1 (4:05 p.m.)

Les Murakami Stadium; Honolulu, O'ahu

QUICK HITS
• UC Davis embarks on a seven-game road trip, beginning Thursday as the Aggies take on Hawai'i in Honolulu for a four-game series.
• Thursday and Sunday's games will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.
• UC Davis dropped a 5-4 decision to Nevada in the Aggies' first game back after final exams... The Mar. 27 game against Stanford was postponed due to heavy rain. Hawai'i was swept in a four-game series against Gonzaga and has dropped five of its last seven games.
• This is only the second meeting between UC Davis and Hawai'i, which will join the Big West Conference for the 2012-13 season.
• The series against Hawai'i closes out the nonconference part of UC Davis' schedule as Big West play begins on Apr. 5 at Cal State Fullerton.

HEAD COACHES
Matt Vaughn was named head coach of the UC Davis baseball team in August 2011 and begins his 20th overall season with Aggie baseball... He pitched for the Aggies from 1989-92, then stayed on as an assistant and associate head coach... Vaughn will also continue his duties as pitching coach.

• Mike Trapasso is in his 11th season at the head of the University of Hawai'i baseball program, earning Western Athletic Conference coach of the year for the third time... The Rainbow Warriors were named co-regular season champions for the first time since 1992 and earned the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament before falling to Fresno State to finish at 34-25... In 2010, the `Bows advanced to the NCAA West Regional for the first time since 2006 after winning its first WAC Tournament Championship in nearly 10 years.

SCOUTING HAWAI'I
• In its first road trip of the year, Hawai'i suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of Gonzaga, despite five players batting over .300 for the season.
• Stephen Ventimilla leads the Rainbow Warriors with a .325 batting average, 26 hits, and a team-leading 19 runs... He has also drawn 24 walks.
• Ventimilla and Breland Almadova have combined for 13 of Hawai'i's 21 stolen bases... Ventimilla is 7-9 while Almadova is 6-9.
• Collin Bennett owns a team leading 13 RBI and has been hit by a pitch seven times.
• Jarrett Arakawa owns a 1.59 ERA and a 2-2 record after allowing 7 earned runs in 39.2 innings pitched... He has also struck out a team-high 30 batters.

FOLLOW THE AGGIES
• ESPN3.com will broadcast Thursday and Sunday's games live.
• A live audio broadcast and live stats will be available for all four games... Visit ucdavisaggies.com to access the links.

ALL-TIME AGAINST HAWAI'I
• UC Davis and Hawai'i have met on just one other occasion: Mar. 2, 2005 in the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament.
• The Aggies claimed a 3-2 win behind Daniel Descalso's game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning.

PITCHERS' DUEL
• The four-game series could prove to be a true battle between two very strong pitching staffs.
• Hawai'i owns a team ERA of 2.78, ranking them 22nd in Div. I... UC Davis' ERA of 3.34 is No. 60 in the nation.
• Hawai'i allows just 1.88 walks per nine innings, ranking them No. 3 in Div. I while UC Davis has given up just 2.31 walks per nine innings, ranking the Aggies eighth.
• Individually, Jarrett Arakawa owns a 1.59 ERA, 60th best in the country, while Dayne Quist's 1.88 ERA is No. 97 nationally.
Tom Briner has given up just two walks in 32.3 innings of work, ranking him seventh in Div. I... Hawai'i's Matthew Sisto has allowed three walks in 41.0 innings pitched, ranking him No. 10 in Div. I... Anthony Kupbens' 3 walks in 35.0 innings are 16th-best in the nation.

HIT ME
• With 43 HBPs to start the 2012 season, UC Davis is tied with four other teams for 11th in the country in the category.
• UC Davis totaled 62 HBPs in the entire 2011 season... The school record stands at 78 from the 1994 season.
• UC Davis has been hit by a pitch at least once in all 20 games this season.
Brett Morgan and Ryan Allgrove have been hit seven times while Nick Lynch has been hit six times.

BRING `EM HOME
• Over the last five games, UC Davis has left 47 runners on base, 28 of which were in scoring position.
• In UC Davis' most recent losses to Nevada (Mar. 26) and Saint Mary's (Mar. 19), there was a combined 25 runners left on base with 16 left in scoring position.

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE
• UC Davis returns to the road for the first time since Mar. 7 after playing seven straight games at Dobbins Stadium.
• This road trip marks one of the longest of the year as the Aggies will play seven straight and eight of nine on the road.
• UC Davis will head out on another lengthy road trip beginning on Apr. 20... The Aggies will play eight straight games away from Davis during that span.
• The Aggies are 2-4 on the road in 2012... Only two Big West Conference teams currently own a winning road record: Cal Poly (5-4) and UC Santa Barbara (5-2).
• Pacific is 2-11 in road games while Long Beach State is 3-8.

COMING UP NEXT
• Upon returning from Honolulu, UC Davis begins Big West play at Cal State Fullerton Apr. 5-7.
• The Aggies then host Fresno State on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.