Baseball Starts Tough Week At No. 10 Stanford

UC Davis concludes its season-long road swing this week at No. 10 Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. (Wayne Tilcock, <I>Davis Enterprise</I>)
UC Davis concludes its season-long road swing this week at No. 10 Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

April 8, 2008

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Wed., April 9 - No. 10 Stanford, 6:00 p.m. (Sunken Diamond), KDVS 90.3
Fri., April 11 - UC Santa Barbara, 2:00 p.m. (Caesar Uyesaka Stadium)
Sat., April 12 - UC Santa Barbara, 1:00 p.m. (Caesar Uyesaka Stadium)
Sun., April 13 - UC Santa Barbara, 1:00 p.m. (Caesar Uyesaka Stadium)

Tues., April 1 - defeated Sac State, 10-5
Fri., April 4 - defeated Washington State, 12-5
Sat., April 5 - lost doubleheader to Washington State, 6-4/7-5
Sun., April 6 - defeated Washington State, 13-11

ROAD SWING ENDS WITH TOUGH STRETCH: The Aggies end a season-long nine-game road swing this week with a single game at No. 13 Stanford on Wednesday and three-game series at UC Santa Barbara over the weekend... The Cardinal and Gauchos have a combined 36 victories and have not lost double digit games yet this season... The game with Stanford starts at 6 p.m. and is only the Aggies' fourth night game of the season... The game will be simulcast live on KDVS 90.3 and The series with the Gauchos marks the Aggies second conference series of the season.

ABOUT STANFORD GAME: No. 10 Stanford and No. 5 Cal were tied after 13 innings during a non-conference game on Monday... The game was called because of darkness, but has yet to be offically called a tie... Before that, Stanford took two of three games from No. 1 Arizona State in a Pacific-10 Conference series last weekend... The Cardinal won the final two games of the series to improve their record to 4-2 in conference... Sunday's win gave head coach Mark Marquess career win No. 1,300, which puts him into a tie for 10th all-time on the wins list among NCAA Division I baseball coaches... Arizona State won the first game, 6-4, in 10 innings... Stanford won the next two games in convencing fashion, 12-2 and 10-2... The Cardinal also took three of three games from Washington State in the conference-opening series the weekend prior... Last season Stanford earned a 5-4 victory over UC Davis in 13 innings... It was the most innings played by both teams up to that point and lasted four hours and 13 minutes... The Cardinal scored the wining run on a sacrifice bunt with two outs.

ABOUT UC SANTA BARBARA SERIES: The Gauchos have opened the Big West season with a 5-1 record after sweeping Cal State Northridge and taking two of three from Pacific... UC Santa Barbara has the second-best overall record in the conference at 21-9... They play Cal State Northridge again on Wednesday in a non-conference game before the weekend series with the Aggies... The Gauchos defeated Pacific twice last weekend in a home series... They split the first two games with each team wining by one run... UC Santa Barbara earned a 10-run victory, 12-2, in the series finale to capture thier second conference series of the season... They swept the Matadors in the first series and scored double digit runs in the final two games after winning the first game by one run... Overall, the Gauchos are 15-1 at home this season and have won nine of their last 11 games... Last season UC Santa Barbara took two of three games from UC Davis at Dobbins Stadium... The Gauchos opened the series with wins in the first two games by a combined four runs... The Aggies avoided the sweep with an 8-6 victory in the last game.

AGGIES BEGIN ROAD SWING WITH THREE WINS: UC Davis went 3-2 last week to start its longest road swing of the season... The Aggies took a single game from Sacramento State on Tuesday and split a four-game series with Washington State over the weekend... UC Davis earned its fifth consecutive victory, and second this season over Sacramento State on Tuesday, 10-5... The Aggies scored four runs in the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie and added two more in the ninth... All nine Aggie starters had at least one hit while IF Ty Kelly, C Jake Jefferies and IF Evan Hudson each had two RBI's... The Hornets were riding a season-high five-game winning streak entering the game... UC Davis and Washington State split four games over the weekend with the Aggies winning on Friday and Sunday, and the Cougars sweeping the doubleheader on Saturday... The final three games of the series were decieded by two runs... The Aggies won the first game, 13-5, behind a career game from DH Kyle Mihaylo... The sophomore had career-highs of five RBI's off four extra-base hits and was a single shy of the cycle... On Sunday, Jefferies had a game-high five hits and drove in three runs to lead the team... OF Ryan Royster had the best overall series as he drove in a run in every game and led the team overall with eight RBI's, 11 hits and two stolen bases.

HEAD COACH Rex Peters: ON LAST WEEKEND: "To go on the road in a tough environement, splitting a four-game series against a solid Pac-10 club is a solid weekend. We swung the bats real well on Friday and Eddie (Gamboa) gave us another good start. We didn't pitch as well as we wanted to on Saturday, but we were still in those games. To come back after getting swept in a doubleheader and respond from seven runs down was a great way to end the weekend. To be 20-10 at this point, you have to be really happy where you're at. We've put ourselves in a great position."
ON STANFORD: "This is a tough stretch for us right now with the nine-game road swing. We're 3-2 right now in the first half of that stretch. Stanford is a quality team with a lot of tradition and we recongnize that and respect what they've accomplished. It seems like we really get up for these games and always play them tough."
ON UC SANTA BARBARA: "I know they play very well at home and have been playing with a lot of confidence. We've certainly got our work cut out for us and I think this is our first real test in conference to go up against a team that's been playing as well as they've been playing this season."

UC DAVIS LEADS THE BIG WEST: UC Davis enters this weekend leading the Big West Conference standings with a perfect 3-0 mark against league opponents and a 20-10 overall record... In addition, OF Ryan Royster leads the league with seven home runs, 33 runs scored and 75 total bases while C Jake Jefferies leads in hits (50), at bats (126) and total plate apperances (141)... IF Evan Hudson has the most put outs (269)... As a team, the Aggies lead in eight major offensive catergories and also boast the most assisted putouts.