Baseball Returns Home For Big West Series With UC Santa Barbara

The Aggies return home to Dobbins Stadium to host a three-game conference series against the Gauchos. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, <I>Davis Enterprise</I>)
 
The Aggies return home to Dobbins Stadium to host a three-game conference series against the Gauchos. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

April 7, 2009

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UPCOMING WEEK
Thurs., April 9 - UC Santa Barbara (Dobbins Stadium), 2:30 p.m., KDVS 90.3 FM Live Audio
Fri., April 10 - UC Santa Barbara (Dobbins Stadium), 2:30 p.m.Live Audio
Sat., April 11 - UC Santa Barbara (Dobbins Stadium), 1:00 p.m.Live Audio

LAST WEEK
Tues., March 31 - Fresno State (Dobbins Stadium), W, 11-3
Wed., April 1 - Fresno State (Bieden Stadium), L, 4-2
Fri., April 3 - No. 21 San Diego State (PETCO Park), L, 14-0
Sat., April 4 - No. 21 San Diego State (Tony Gwynn Stadium), L, 9-4
Sat., April 4 - No. 21 San Diego State (Tony Gwynn Stadium), L, 5-3
Sun., April 5 - No. 21 San Diego State (Tony Gwynn Stadium), W, 6-5

FOLLOW AGGIE GAMES ONLINE: The Aggies face their lightest week of the season with only three games on the schedule... UC Davis will host a three-game Big West Conference series against UC Santa Barbara at Dobbins Stadium... Due to the Easter holiday, the series will begin Thursday and continue through Saturday... Normal weekend series run Friday through Sunday... Thursday's opener will be simulcast live through KDVS 90.3 FM and the baseball schedule page at ucdavisaggies.com... The remaining two games will be covered live through GameTracker on ucdavisaggies.com.

ABOUT THE LIGHT WEEK: The Aggies enter their lightest week of the season as they play only three games... UC Davis opened the season with a three-game series at then-No. 12 UCLA and had two of five games postponed or cancelled due to weather during the first week of March... The Aggies' longest week of games came last week during a six-game stretch, five of which came on the road.

HOME SWEET HOME: After playing nine of its' last 11 games on the road, UC Davis returns home to Dobbins Stadium for a three-game series against UC Santa Barbara... It marks the Aggies' first home series since the final weekend of February when they hosted then-No. 11 Pepperdine for three games.... UC Davis played a home-away-home series with Sacramento State in the middle of March and a home-away series with Fresno State last weekend... The Aggies have played away series with Pacific and San Diego State.

ABOUT UC SANTA BARBARA SERIES: UC Davis returns to Big West Conference action with a three-game series against the Gauchos... The Aggies were swept by Pacific two weeks ago to open conference action... Entering the week, UCSB owns an overall record of 17-9 and will play No. 26 Pepperdine on Tuesday before traveling up to Davis... The Gauchos took two of three games from Pacific last weekend and are now 3-3 in conference... UCSB won the first two games of the series, 9-8 and 9-6... The Tigers salvaged the series with a 13-3 victory in the finale... In the first game, Eric Oliver drove in a game-high five RBIs to lead UCSB... The Gauchos lost their opening conference series to Cal State Northridge... The Gauchos opened the series with a dominant 21-12 victory, but dropped the next two games by scores of 9-4 and 3-2... Robby Cummings leads the team with 32 RBIs and six home runs... Oliver owns the team lead with nine doubles and is second with 28 RBIs and five home runs... On the pitching side, Joe Gardner leads the way with a perfect 4-0 record to go with a team-best 3.30 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 43.2 innings pitched... Last season UC Davis took two of three games at Santa Barbara... The teams combined to score 61 runs... The Aggies won the final two games of the series, 16-2 and 18-14... The final game went 11 innings.... The series win eventually lifted UC Davis to its' first-ever NCAA Division i Regional appearance.

AGGIES PICK UP TWO WINS LAST WEEK: The Aggies picked up two victories last week against Fresno State and No. 21 San Diego State and finished 2-4 overall... UC Davis opened the week with a convincing 11-3 victory over the defending champion Bulldogs on Tuesday and closed the week out on Sunday with a 6-5 victory over the Aztecs... Senior OF Ryan Scoma drove home two RBIs in both Aggie wins to help lead the charge... On Tuesday Scoma and junior OF Jared Thompson both doubled twice and drove home two runs... Redshirt freshman RHP Dayne Quist made his first start and struck out six batters in seven innings to earn his team-leading second victory of the season... In Sunday's win, sophomore OF Daniel Cepin cranked a three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift UC Davis to the one-run victory... Senior RHP Jeremy McChesney picked up his first win of the game while freshman RHP Scott Lyman pitched the final two innings of shutout ball to pick the first save of the season for the Aggies...

HEAD COACH Rex Peters: ON LAST WEEKEND: "We've played a tough schedule all year long, so playing tough opponents is really nothing new for us. We're just trying to get better in all areas of our game and build for the future. Hopefully the experience of playing good teams will do that for us. (The positives) are that they're are some young guys who are showing some promise. Nathan Slater is throwing fairly well and Scott Lyman earned a save after a rough outing at (Pacific). Scott Chew continues to throw descent. We'll look at everybody and hopefully in time they'll separate themselves for the future. They have something to prove with being young guys at the Division I level. They're trying to prove to themselves that they can compete at this level. It will only help us grow in the future."
ON LIGHT WEEK: "Last week was very busy and very taxing on our pitching staff. This weekend we get a light (load of games) and that should help us catch our breath and get our pitching staff back in order."
ON UC SANTA BARBARA: "They're pretty much the same team they were last year. They've always been a good offensive team. This year they have some pitching depth both in their weekend starting rotation and the bullpen. They are a quality club. But every body in the Big West is going to be quality. I don't think last year's results will factor in much. Every Big West game you play has some impact on postseason play. They realize that every Big West win is precious and they're going to try to work hard to earn three wins."