Aggies Head to Sunken Diamond for Mid-Week Battle

Zach Stone's seven saves this season rank him in a four-way tie for fifth on the school's single-season charts.
 
Zach Stone's seven saves this season rank him in a four-way tie for fifth on the school's single-season charts.
 

April 8, 2014

THIS WEEK IN AGGIES BASEBALL...
UC Davis (14-14) at Stanford (10-14)
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Sunken Diamond
Palo Alto, Calif.
5:30 p.m.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | UC Davis Audio | Stanford Video

ON THE MOUND...
Pitching match-ups TBA 

FIRST PITCH
Fresh off a week that saw wins over Saint Mary's and No. 18 Cal State Fullerton, the UC Davis baseball team (14-14 overall, 1-5 in the Big West Conference) heads to the Bay Area to take on long-time rival Stanford on Tuesday (April 8) at 5:30 p.m.

DAVIS DOTS
• UC Davis enters the week with a 14-14 overall record and a 1-5 mark in Big West Conference play after a series loss at #18 Cal State Fullerton over the weekend and a home mid-week win over Saint Mary's on April 2.

• The Aggies snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Titans with a 3-1 win over Fullerton in the series opener, handing Titan ace Thomas Eshelman (5-1) his first loss of the year.

• The win over the Titans was the Aggies' first over a ranked team since they handed a No. 18-ranked UC Irvine squad a 3-2 loss in 10 innings on April 22, 2011.


 

 

• Friday's win over Cal State Fullerton was only the second on the road in 12 tries for UC Davis this season, the other coming at San Jose State on March 8 as part of the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament.

SCOUTING STANFORD
The Cardinal enter the week with a 10-14 overall record and a 3-6 mark in the Pacific-12 Conference after being swept by Oregon State in a three-game series over the weekend in Corvallis by the scores of 4-1, 1-0 (13), and 2-1...  Stanford is 7-6 at home this season, last taking two-of-three from Oregon at Sunken Diamond two weekends ago... junior third baseman Alex Blandino leads all Cardinal regulars with a .321 average, 14 runs scored, five doubles, two home runs, and 13 RBI... four regulars are hitting better than .300 on the season, but Stanford is batting just .247 as a team through 24 games... the Cardinal pitching staff has combined for a 3.09 ERA this season and has held opponents to just a .229 average.

AGGIES VS. CARDINAL
Stanford leads the all-time series with UC Davis by the count of 50-14, including a 34-7 mark at Sunken Diamond... however, the Aggies are 7-7 against the Cardinal since beginning the transition to the Division I level starting with the 2005 campaign... prior to that, the two programs hadn't met since 1997 (a 12-4 Stanford win in Davis)... UC Davis won the last meeting between the two programs by the score of 2-1 last season at Dobbins Stadium, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch (after a John Williams lead-off triple) and a two-out, walk-off RBI single by Nick Lynch that scored Paul Politi from second base with the winning run... the Aggies have lost their last three trips to Sunken Diamond, the last coming against a top-ranked Stanford squad in 2012 by the score of 5-1... UC Davis' last win in Palo Alto came on May 19, 2009, by the score of 11-2 behind three hits each from Ryan Scoma and Kyle Mihaylo as well as Ty Kelly's five RBIs, while left-hander Anthony Kupbens allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out six in seven innings.

LOOKING AHEAD
The Aggies welcome Long Beach State to Northern California this weekend for their first Big West Conference home series of the season after opening the league schedule on the road with series at Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. This weekend's series with the 49ers opens on Friday (April 11) at 2:30 p.m., with first pitch on Saturday and Sunday scheduled for 1 p.m.

AGGIES IN THE MIDDLE
UC Davis is a perfect 3-0 in mid-week contests this season, but this will be its first such contest away from home in 2014 following victories over San Jose State on March 11 (9-5), Nevada on March 25 (4-3 in 10 innings), and Saint Mary's on April 2 (4-1), at Dobbins Stadium. The Aggies are a perfect 2-0 on Tuesdays this season and have won five straight mid-week contests dating back to a 7-6 loss in 10 innings at Santa Clara on April 23 of last season.

"STONE" COLD CLOSER
Freshman Zach Stone has been the go-to arm to close out games for the Aggies this season, notching the seventh save of his young career in the series-opening win over #18 Cal State Fullerton last Friday. His save total ranks him in a four-way tie for fifth on the UC Davis single-season charts alongside Matthew Lewis (2010), Dave McKae (2002), and Bill Brelsford (1996), and stands just one save shy of a second-place tie with Joel Needham (2004), Neal Swank (1994), and Dan Hubert (1987). The all-time single-season record is held by Justin Fitzgerald, who saved 15 games in 2008. Save No. 8 for Stone this season would also place him in a tie with Hubert for 10th on the Aggies' career list.

MORE ON STONE
When the Titans scored a pair of runs off Stone in the series finale on Sunday, it ended a run of 11 consecutive scoreless innings by the freshman and a run of 13.2 innings without allowing an earned run dating back to the second game of a doubleheader on March 1 at Washington. The two runs by Cal State Fullerton marked only the fourth and fifth runs scored against the right-hander this season, but they nearly doubled his ERA from a miniscule 0.93 to a more-than-respectable 1.83 overall on the season.

HOME RUN
Dobbins Stadium will be a welcome sight for the Aggies this weekend with Long Beach State coming to town as UC Davis has won five straight - and six of its last seven - within the friendly confines. The Aggies are a combined 7-4 at home this season - just five victories shy of last year's total when they finished 12-18 at Dobbins Stadium.

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER
With his RBI single in the eighth breaking a 1-1 tie with #18 Cal State Fullerton, Izaak Silva collected his second game-winning hit of the year - one of eight different Aggies to drive home a winning run in 2014. When Adam Young touched home plate on that single, he became the 11th different UC Davis player to score a game-winning run.

QUALITY
Senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck logged his third "quality start" (a start of at least six innings, allowing three earned runs or fewer) of the year in his series-opening win over #18 Cal State Fullerton last Friday, improving to 2-0 with a no-decision in those starts, allowing just one earned on six hits and striking out two in 7.1 innings of work. Despite being tagged with the loss, senior right-hander Evan Wolf logged his staff-best fourth "quality start" in the series finale on Sunday against the Titans, allowing just two earned in 6.1 innings of work, scattering just five hits. Wolf is 2-1 with a no-decision in those four "quality starts" this season.

THEY COME IN BUNCHES
Senior outfielder Kevin Barker and senior infielder Adam Young each logged multiple-hit games this past weekend at #18 Cal State Fullerton, bringing their team-leading total to 12 on the season. Senior infielder Steven Patterson finished 2-for-4 in the Aggies' series-opening win over the Titans, becoming the third Aggie with double-digit multi-hit games this season (10). Young, Nick Lynch, and Seth Batty, lead the team with a trio of three-hit games apiece, while Barker is the only UC Davis player with a four-hit contest in 2014, finishing 4-for-5 against San Jose State on March 11.

STREAK SNAPPED
Held to an 0-for-4 day at the plate on Sunday against the Titans, Adam Young saw his streak of 18 consecutive games where he reached base safely come to an end, held off the basepaths for the first time since March 1 in the first game of a doubleheader against Washington. However, senior Kevin Barker has kept alive his own streak, reaching base safely in each of his last nine contests, batting .290 (9-for-31) with three RBI in that span.

JACOBSON NO JOKE
Along with Zach Stone, junior right-hander Raul Jacobson has been lights-out in relief for the Aggies, having allowed just one earned run over his last 12.1 innings (0.73 ERA), scattering just seven hits and striking out 13 over that span. Overall, Jacobson stands third on the team with a 2.37 ERA in nine appearances this season, holding opponents to a .167 average in 19 total innings of work.

HIP-HIP HOO-RAZO!
Freshman left-hander Orlando Razo has also had a similar run of success out of the bullpen, allowing just one earned over his last eight innings (1.13 ERA), scattering nine hits and striking out five, while lowering his season ERA from 2.53 at the start of the run to a mark of 1.93 heading into this week's contests.

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.

The Last Meeting
Stanford1
UC Davis2
March 26, 2013
Davis, Calif.
Lynch's Walkoff Single Beats Stanford, 2-1
Nick Lynch hit a two-out walkoff single to right field and the UC Davis baseball team scored both of its runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Stanford, 2-1, on Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.