UC Davis to face No. 2 Stanford on Tuesday

April 9, 2018

GAME 27: UC Davis (9-17, 2-4 BW) at No. 2 Stanford (23-5, 6-3 PAC 12)
Tues., Apr. 10, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Klein Field at Sunken Diamond
Stanford, Calif.
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DAVIS, Calif. — After taking one of three against Big West colleague, Hawai’i, over the weekend, the Aggies are set to take on No. 2 Stanford for a mid-week matchup at Klein Field, completing the second half of a home-and-home series with the Cardinal. UC Davis hosted Stanford earlier in the season on Feb. 19, with the Cardinal edging the Aggies in a narrow 3-2 victory. Tuesday’s game is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. and fans can follow along with the action via live stats or online stream by clicking on the links above. 

Stanford is ranked in the top-25 across all five national polls, standing as high as No. 2 according to the NCBWA, USA Today, and D1 Baseball… The Cardinal also comes in at No. 3 according to Baseball America and No. 6 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings… UC Davis is unranked in this week’s polls.

Coming off its first series loss of the season to Pac-12 colleague, No. 21 UCLA, the Cardinal will enter tomorrow’s game at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond with a 23-5 overall mark… Stanford began the 2018 season with a 10-game winning streak that included sweeps over then ranked No. 17 Cal State Fullerton and Rice University… The Cardinal also posted back-to-back series wins over Michigan and then-ranked No. 23 Texas before kicking off Pac-12 play with a three-game sweep over USC… Senior infielder Beau Branton leads the Cardinal offense with a .380 average in his 23 appearances this season, while freshman outfielder Tim Tawa holds team-highs in hits (34) and doubles (8) with a .546 slugging percentage and .315 average at the plate garnered across 28 starts for the Cardinal this season… RHP Tristan Beck, LHP Kris Bubic, and LHP Eric Miller round out the Cardinal’s weekend rotation… In 39.1 innings and seven starts, Beck (3-2, 3.66 ERA) has allowed 16 earned runs on 36 hits and walked 10, while Bubic (5-0, 1.94 ERA) has struck out a team-high 46 batters in 41.2 innings of work with opponents swinging a .181 average against… Sophomore RHP Jack Little paces the pitching staff with 10 saves in 12 appearances and 21 innings of work for the Cardinal, boasting a .119 average against with a perfect 0.00 ERA.



Stanford leads the all-time series record against UC Davis, 53-14, as well as the Division I record, 12-5… At home, the Aggies hold a 7-19 mark, including a narrow one-run loss to a then ranked No. 13 Cardinal earlier this season, and carry a 7-34 record on the road…The Aggies posted their largest margin of victory over the Cardinal in a 16-2 win on Apr. 2, 1975. 

Freshman infielder Tanner Murray was named Big West Player of the Week after posting a 5-for-5 effort at the plate and tying the school record for doubles in a single game (3) as announced by the league on Monday, marking the second conference nod of the season for UC Davis…
Murray became the eighth Aggie in Division I era history to tally at least five hits in a single game and the first to collect three doubles in a game since Nick Lynch slugged three doubles at Santa Clara in 2015…
Junior Ryan Anderson continues to lead the UC Davis offense with a .380 average at the plate in addition to holding team-highs in runs (21), hits (41), and triples (2)…
Junior Caleb Van Blake recorded a career-best 4-for-4 effort at the plate on Sunday, scoring three and driving in one, and slugged his seventh career homer to lead-off the sixth inning…
Junior southpaw Chris Brown held the Rainbow Warriors to just five hits over seven innings of work on the mound during Sunday’s conference victory en route to his second win of the season…
Of the Aggies’ 16 total hits on Sunday, exactly half went for extra-bases—6 doubles, one triple, one homerun…
UC Davis currently ranks seventh in the Big West with a 2-4 record, ahead of Long Beach State (1-2) and Cal Poly (1-5)…
Senior Matt Blais continues to lead the pitching staff with 29 strikeouts on the season, adding on five in his recent start in the series opener against Hawai’i last Thursday
• With last Friday's cancellation, rain has impacted five games on the UC Davis schedule this season.

In addition to his perfect 5-for-5 effort on Sunday’s series finale 10-3 win over Hawai’i, Murray also scored three times and drove in three to finish the series 7-for-13 with three RBI and three runs scored. 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. He is also the first Aggie to tally three doubles in a single game since Nick Lynch tallied three at Santa Clara in 2015. The Ben Lomond, Calif. native made his first appearance in the second game of the season at CSU Bakersfield, and earned his first career start at third base in the Aggies’ 10-6 upset victory over then-ranked No. 21 St. John’s on Mar. 4. 

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After hitting a team-high .833 at the plate in the Aggies’ road series victory over CSU Bakersfield, UC Davis senior shortstop Brad Pluschkell was named Big West Conference Field Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday (2/19). The conference nod marks the first player of the week award for the Aggies this season and first in Pluschkell’s career. The Pleasanton, Calif. native began his 2018 campaign 4-for-4 with two runs scored in the Aggies’ 8-1 road victory over CSU Bakersfield, followed by a second 4-for-4 effort in game two as Pluschkell scored one to help the Aggies to a 15-1 win, then wrapped up the series finale 2-for-4 with an on-base percentage of .846 and .917 slugging percentage. In addition to a nod from the conference, Pluschkell was also named Madness Big West Baseball Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. 

Freshman right-hander Jared Sasaki made his official debut on the mound in the ninth inning of the Aggies’ season-opener against CSU Bakersfield (Feb.16), providing UC Davis with one inning of hitless, scoreless relief to help the Aggies to an 8-1 victory to jumpstart the 2018 season. Also making his collegiate debut as an Aggie was redshirt freshman Spencer Gedestad, who was 2-for-4 in the season opener. Freshman right-hander Brett Erwin made his first appearance in the Aggies’ 15-1 victory over Bakersfield after allowing no runs on three hits across three innings of work, while freshman Tanner Murray earned his first career hit during the Aggies’ doubleheader against No. 21 St. John’s before his 10-game hitting streak came to an unfortunate end during the Aggies’ first conference series of the season at UC Riverside. In the finale against the Roadrunners, freshman Joseph Myers earned his first career start at third base, while right-handed freshman Ryan Rodriguez pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two in the process. Junior transfers Alex Trautner (Cabrillo College) and Joseph Torres (Glendale Community College) both appeared on the mound in the Aggies’ home opener against No. 13 Stanford earlier in the week on Feb. 19. Fellow junior transfer Dylan Spezia (Sierra College) made his debut on the mound during game two of the Aggies’ series against Creighton.

UC Davis looks to rebound off a 2017 season that saw the Aggies finish 21-30 overall and 10-14 in Big West play in 2017. Returning 18 letter winners and five starters in the field from last season’s squad, while welcoming nine newcomers and four junior college transfers, the Aggies skew young for the 2018 season. UC Davis brings back two of its top hitters from last year, including All-Big West second team selection Ryan Hooper. The senior outfielder finished second on the team with a .310 average to go along with 30 runs scored, six home runs, and 29 RBI. He stood second only to junior teammate Ryan Anderson, who led the Aggies with a .313 average in 51 games, collecting 14 doubles, six home runs and a team-high 39 RBI, collecting hits in 19 consecutive games at one point to tie the school's Division I record. Fellow returning senior Alex Aguiar started 46 of 50 games last season, posting 14 doubles, scoring 26 runs, and driving in 17. On the mound, UC Davis will look to rebuild its weekend rotation after left-handers Robert Garcia (15th round, Kansas City) and Orlando Razo (16th round, Seattle) were taken in last year's Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, and right-hander Justin Mullins (4-3, 3.55 ERA) was lost to graduation. Senior right-hander Matt Blais paces the pitching staff this season after finishing 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 58.1 innings of work in 2017. 

UC Davis is set to play 13 of its games against five teams that advanced to last season’s NCAA Tournament, including Big West rival, Cal State Fullerton, who also participated in the College World Series. The Titans went 3-0 to sweep the Stanford Regional as the second seed, then went 2-1 against archrival Long Beach State in the super regional. In the College World Series, Fullerton was edged, 6-5, by the No. 1 seed Oregon State, then lost, 6-4, to Florida State in the elimination game.  

Among the other post-season qualifiers, the Aggies will play three at home against St. John's (No. 3 seed in the Clemson Regional) on Mar. 2-4 as well as a home-and-home with Causeway rival Sacramento State (No. 4 seed in the Stanford Regional) first at home on April 17, then on the road on May 8, and a home-and-home with Stanford (No. 1 seed in the Stanford Regional) as the Aggies open play at Phil Swimley Field on Feb. 19 then at Klein Field on April 10. Sandwiched in-between games against the Hornets, UC Davis will travel to face conference foe Long Beach State (No. 1 seed in the Long Beach Regional) on April 27-29, then turnaround to face Fullerton (No. 2 seed in the Stanford Regional) on May 4-6 at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium. 

According to a vote of the league’s coaches, Cal State Fullerton, who finished third in the conference, is picked to stand atop the 2018 league standings after picking up six first-place votes en route to a total of 73 points. Long Beach State earned the second slot with 65 points and two first-place votes, while Cal Poly was selected third with 64 points. UC Santa Barbara was selected fourth (49), followed by CSUN in fifth (48), UC Irvine received the final first-place vote and 43 points, followed by Hawai’i in seventh (27), UC Riverside (26), and UC Davis (10).

UC Davis baseball head coach Matt Vaughn announced the signing of five high schoolers along with three junior college transfers to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at UC Davis beginning in the 2019 season. The all-California group includes local talents Jake Jordan (Elk Grove, Calif./Elk Grove HS), Cooper Morrison (El Cerrito, Calif./Albany HS), and Nathan Peng (Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga HS), in addition to Southern California standout Cade Wesolowsky (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla Country Day School) and Bakersfield, Calif. native, Jalen Smith (Stockdale HS). Cooper Morrison (El Cerrito, Calif./Albany HS) is entering his second year at Reedley College, while Justin Smith (Roseville, Calif./Woodcreek HS) is beginning his second year at Yuba College, and Wyatt Tucker (Blue Lake, Calif./Acata HS) will enter his second season at the College of San Mateo.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and animal science programs.

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