DAVIS, Calif.— After finishing 5-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI, freshman shortstop Tanner Murray tied the all-time program record for doubles in a single game after tallying three against Big West rival, Hawai’i, during Sunday’s series finale. Murray was one of two Aggies to finish just one leg shy of the cycle, with Murray in need of a homer and junior Caleb Van Blake in need of a triple. Of the Aggies’ 16 hits on the afternoon, eight went for extra-bases, helping UC Davis to a 10-3 victory over the Rainbow Warriors at Swimley Field.
Murray’s perfect 5-for-5 effort is the second by an Aggie this season after Ryan Anderson posted a 5-for-5 performance in the series opener at UC Riverside on Mar. 29. Murray is the eighth Aggie in the program’s Division I era to collect at least five hits in a game—just one shy of the single game record set by David Popkins at CSU Bakersfield in 2012. Murray is also the first Aggie to tally three doubles in a single game since Nick Lynch tallied three at Santa Clara in 2015.
Junior Caleb Van Blake recorded a career-best 4-for-4 performance at the plate, scoring three and driving in one. After back-to-back singles in the second and fourth innings, Van Blake slugged his seventh career round-tripper to lead-off the sixth and capped off the day with a double in the seventh.
Starting left-hander Chris Brown limited the Rainbow Warriors to just five hits during his seven innings of work on the mound en route to his second win of the season.
UC Davis improved to 9-17 on the season and 2-4 in Big West, while Hawai’i fell to 18-11 overall with a 4-2 league record.
A three-hit first inning for UC Davis allowed the Aggies to take a 1-0 advantage over the Rainbow Warriors, thanks to a single by Pluschkell sandwiched inbetween doubles from Murray and Logan Denholm.
Hawai’i claimed its first lead of the game in the second with a two-run homer off the bat of Ethan Lopez. But the Aggies were quick to even things up in their half of the inning, as Van Blake came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Alex Aguiar.
The third would see another lead change after the ‘Bows regained the lead, 3-2. But the Aggies continued to battle and evened the score once again in their half of the inning that included a lead-off triple from Murray.
UC Davis then took the lead for good in the fifth, bringing one across to make it a 4-3 ball game, before shutting the door on the Rainbow Warriors with back-to-back multi-run innings in the sixth and seventh.
Van Blake brought the fans at Dobbins Stadium to their feet with a lead-off homer over the right field wall in the sixth, before Murray was up to his old tricks again, driving in the second run of the inning on a double to left center field.
But the Aggies still had more to say, scoring four more in the seventh all on a two-out rally. Senior Ryan Hooper drove in the first run of the inning with a single to left field following a double by Van Blake and a lead-off walk from Denholm. Back-to-back walks brought another run across and loaded the bases for UC Davis, before Murray knocked in two more with his third double of the afternoon.
The seven-run deficit would prove too much for Hawai’i to overcome, lifting UC Davis to a 10-3 victory.
Junior left-hander Chris Brown threw a gem on the mound to secure the win for UC Davis after limiting Hawai’i to three runs on just five hits and surrendering just one walk over seven innings of work.
Logan Pouelsen (3-2) suffered the loss for the Rainbow Warriors after allowing four runs on nine hits over 4.1 innings—one of five Hawai’i hurlers to take the mound on Sunday.
The Aggies are set to resume action on the road on Tuesday (Apr. 10) against Stanford at 6 p.m. UC Davis will then travel south on Apr. 13-15 for its second Big West series on the road—and third of the season—at Cal Poly.
UC Davis 10, Hawaii 3 (04/08/18 at Davis, Calif.)
Hawaii.............. 021 000 000 - 3 9 0 (18-11, 4-2 BWC)
UC Davis............ 111 012 40X - 10 16 2 (9-17, 2-4 BWC)
Pitchers: Hawaii - Pouelsen, Logan; Hatton, Kyle(5); Yelland, Jeremy(6); Richardson, Matt(7);
DeMiero, Dominic(8) and Rios, Kekai. UC Davis - Brown, Chris; Barraza, Daniel(8);
Loar, Connor(9) and Denholm, Logan.
Win-Brown, Chris(2-3) Loss-Pouelsen, Logan(3-2) T-2:27 A-441
HR UH - Lopez, Ethan (2).
HR UCD - Van Blake, Caleb (3).
Weather: Sunny, 64 degrees, NW 8mph
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