April 10, 2014
THIS WEEK IN AGGIES BASEBALL...
Long Beach State (15-16, 2-1) at UC Davis (14-15, 1-5)
Dobbins Stadium - Davis, Calif.
Friday, April 11, 2:30 p.m. - Live Stats | Audio (KDVS 90.3 FM)
Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m. - Live Stats | Audio
Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m. - Live Stats | Audio (KDVS 90.3 FM)
Friday: RHP Harry Stanwyck (2-4, 4.99 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Rohrbach (4-1, 1.92 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Spencer Koopmans (3-0, 3.55 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Frye (1-0, 1.90 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Evan Wolf (2-3, 5.00 ERA) vs. TBA
FIRST PITCH: Following a heart-breaking loss at Stanford for its first mid-week defeat of the year, the UC Davis baseball team (14-15, 1-5) looks to bounce back at home this weekend, welcoming Long Beach State (15-16, 2-1) to Dobbins Stadium -- where it has won its last five straight and six of its last seven -- for its first Big West Conference home series of the year. First pitch for Friday’s opener is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., with Saturday’s and Sunday’s games slated to begin at 1 p.m.
IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Davis, nor Long Beach State, is ranked among the top 25 in the national polls entering this week’s contests in Northern California.
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I NEED STATS, STAT!: Barring technical difficulties, live statistics -- as well as live audio and video -- will be available for all of this week’s games from Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif. Links will be available on the baseball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com.
HI, MOM!: Fans will be able to follow the UC Davis baseball team during trips to Southern California this spring as the Aggies will make three appearances on ESPN3 as part of a 28-game baseball and softball package unveiled by the Big West Conference. UC Davis baseball makes its 2014 television debut on Friday, April 4, against defending league champion, and preseason No. 1 pick, Cal State Fullerton, at 7 p.m. from Goodwin Field. Two weeks later, UC Davis and UC Riverside face off at the Riverside Sports Complex, with the first two games of the series on April 18-19 picked up by the network. First pitch for those two contests is scheduled for 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. For more information, visit http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/032014aaa.html.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE: The 49ers enter the week with a 15-16 overall record and a 2-1 mark in Big West Conference play after taking two of three from Cal State Northridge two weeks ago on the road... Long Beach State is just 7-9 away from home this season and 4-6 in its last 10 road contests... freshman infielder Garrett Hampson leads all regulars with a .344 average and 25 runs scored to go with nine doubles and a .450 slugging percentage... the 49ers are hitting just .255 as a team, but are holding opponents to a .244 average... sophomore right-hander Andrew Rohrbach leads the rotation with a 4-1 overall record and a 1.92 ERA, holding opponents to 37 hits in 51.2 innings for a .202 average against.
SERIES NOTES: Long Beach State leads the all-time series, 18-9, having won the last four meetings... the 49ers swept the regular season series from the Aggies at Blair Field in 2013 by the scores of 9-2, 6-4, and 7-2... in the last meeting at Dobbins Stadium, UC Davis took two-of-three from Long Beach State in 2012, winning the first two games of the series by the scores of 6-5 and 5-0 before the 49ers avoided the sweep with a 4-1 win in the finale... six of the Aggies’ nine wins in the series have come at home where UC Davis has posted a 6-6 record against Long Beach State.
A LOOK BACK - STANFORD 7, UC DAVIS 6: Host Stanford scored three times with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to rally back from a 6-4 deficit and had UC Davis a heart-breaking 7-6 defeat on Tuesday night at Sunken Diamond. The Aggies had scored five unanswered runs to rally back from a deficit of their own, but Dominic Jose’s two-run double off closer Zach Stone tied it and pinch-hitter Brant Whiting drove home the winning run with a rolling single through the right side to plate Jose. Steven Patterson and Spencer Brann each finished with two hits on the night to lead the Aggies’ offense, which was held to without a hit until the fourth, but took advantage of nine walks and three hit batters by six Cardinal pitchers.
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.
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: UC Davis’ loss to Stanford on Tuesday was the first mid-week defeat for the Aggies this season, who fell to 3-1 in such contests in 2014. The loss ended a run of five straight mid-week wins for UC Davis dating back to a 7-6 loss in 10 innings at Santa Clara on April 23 of last season.
SKID SNAPPED: UC Davis’ win over No. 18 Cal State Fullerton in the series opener last Friday ended a 16-game losing skid to the Titans dating back to a 3-2 victory at Goodwin Field on April 26, 2008. It was only the third win in the history of the series with Fullerton -- all coming in Orange County -- as the Titans now lead the series 27-3 following its wins in games two and three.
THAT’S RANK!: With its win over Cal State Fullerton last week, UC Davis also put an end to another lengthy skid, stopping a streak of 21 consecutive losses against ranked opposition dating back to a 10-inning, 3-2, victory at No. 18 UC Irvine on April 22, 2011. Since its first full-fledged Division I season in 2008, the Aggies are just 16-55 against ranked opponents.
AHEAD OF THE GAME: Dobbins Stadium will be a welcome sight for the Aggies this weekend as they are a solid 7-4 at home compared to just 2-11 in true road games in 2014. The seven home victories this season are just five shy of the team’s total from all of last year (12-18) and well-ahead of the pace that didn’t see UC Davis claim its seventh win on its home turf last year until game 15. Overall, the Aggies’ 14 victories this season are just five shy of last year’s total (19).
HIP-HIP HOO-RAZO: Freshman left-hander Orlando Razo has been lights-out for the Aggies out of the bullpen as of late, adding to an already spectacular freshman campaign with his 3 1/3 innings on one-hit baseball on Tuesday night at Stanford. The southpaw from San Mateo, Calif., has allowed just one earned run over his last 11.1 innings of work (0.79 ERA), scattering 10 hits and striking out six while lowering his ERA from 2.53 at the start of the run to a team-best 1.64 heading into the weekend.
TITANS PUT IN A “HARRY” SITUATION: Senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck had one of his finest outings of the season in the Aggies’ upset of the Titans, tossing a season-high 7.1 innings while allowing just a single run on six hits and striking out two. It was his third quality start of the season (start of at least six innings, allowing three earned runs or fewer), improving to 2-0 with a no decision in those contests, which included a two-hitter over seven innings at Washington back on Feb. 28.
BRANN-D NAME HITTER: Senior catcher Spencer Brann has been on a bit of a tear as of late, going 4-for-9 (.444) with a double and three runs scored in his last three starts, including a par of walks. The performances by the Hollister, Calif., native have lifted his average nearly 40 points to .292 entering this weekend (good for fourth on the team) while giving him the longest active hitting streak by an Aggie. He hasn’t been half-bad defensively either, committing just one error in 104 chances for a .990 fielding percentage.
HATS FOR BATS: The Aggies need to find a way to keep their bats warm this weekend with Long Beach State in town as UC Davis -- which has faced a pair of nationally ranked opponents in its first two Big West series of the year -- is batting an anemic .166 against league pitching thus far, and has been outscored 39-9 in its first six conference contests. That is in stark contrast to the Aggies’ offense overall, which is hitting .260 in 29 games -- good for fifth in the Big West entering the weekend.
S.O.S. - SAVE OUR SCORERS: A key hit here and there and the season record might look a little different for the Aggies, who have stranded 134 of their 228 runners left on base (59%) in scoring position this season. However, the pitching and defense has also done well when is comes to the opposition, leaving 132 of its 232 baserunners (57%) stranded in scoring position thus far.
WALK THIS WAY: Patience, grasshopper. The nine walks drawn against Stanford pitching on Tuesday night marked a season high and the most for the Aggies since they had the same number against Utah on Feb. 20, 2012. UC Davis hitters have drawn at least one walk in all but two games this season -- at No. 5 Cal Poly on March 28, and at No. 18 Cal State Fullerton on April 4 against Titans’ ace Thomas Eshelman, who has walked only one hitter in 63 innings all season.
RECORDS NOT WRITTEN IN STONE: Having clinched his seventh save of the year in the opener against No. 18 Cal State Fullerton, freshman closer Zach Stone moved into a four-way tie for fifth on the UC Davis single-season charts alongside Matthew Lewis (2010), Dave McKae (2002), and Bill Brelsford (1996), while standing one save shy of a second-place tie with Joel Needham (2004), Neal Swank (1994), and Dan Hubert (1987). The single-season record for the category is held by Justin Fitzgerald, who saved 15 games for the Aggies in 2008, while save No. 8 this year for Stone would place him in a tie with Hubert for 10th on the UC Davis career list.
SIX PACK: The six runs scored against Stanford on Tuesday night were the most for the Aggies since they defeated New Mexico State by a 6-5 score on March 16 in the series finale. Tuesday marked only the sixth time in 29 games this season that UC Davis has scored at least that many runs in a game, including a season-high 11 runs in a win over Portland on Feb. 23.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER: A lot of players have had a hand in UC Davis’ 14 victories this season as eight different players have combined to drive home the game-winning run, while 11 different Aggies have come around to score the game-winning run in 2014. Patterson’s walk-off winner against Nevada on (March 25) was his team-best third of the season, while Seth Batty, Evan Heptig, and Mason Novak, lead the way with a pair of game-winning runs scored.
BONUS BASEBALL: UC Davis’ 4-3 win in 10 innings over Nevada on March 25 snapped a four-game losing streak in extra-inning contests, improving the Aggies to 12-10 in extras dating back to their first Division I season.
IRONMEN: Patterson and junior outfielder Kevin Barker are the only two Aggies to have started all 29 games thus far this season and all coming at the same position -- second base and centerfield, respectively.
“0” YES!: UC Davis’ 4-0 shutout of New Mexico State on March 15 in game three of their series was the Aggies’ first since they blanked former Big West rival Pacific, 2-0, in the opening game of a three-game series on May 10, 2013, in Stockton, Calif.
“BIG HIT! HAPPY BODY!”: Kevin Barker’s first home run of the season against Santa Clara on March 7 gave the Aggies a total of eight round-trippers this season, inching them ever so closer to their entire total from all of 2013, when they slugged a combined 13 home runs. Junior Nick Lynch’s team-high four home runs this season (tied for third in the Big West) are just one shy of last year’s leader, Paul Politi, who had five home runs in 56 games. A sixth home run by Lynch this season would give him the most by a UC Davis slugger since Kyle Mihaylo hit seven for the Aggies in 2010.
TRIPLE UP: Patterson legged out his fourth triple of the season in game three of the Aggies’ series against New Mexico State, placing him into a tie for second in the Big West Conference entering the week and matching John Williams’ team-high total from 2013. A fifth triple this year would give Patterson the most by an Aggie since Robby Tulk finished with five in 2004 and put him three shy of the school single-season record shared by David Gordon (2000) and Jason Wright (1990).
NO HITS FOR YOU!: UC Davis pitching has combined to allow the fewest hits in the Big West entering the week, ranking a close second behind Cal State Fullerton (217) with 223 hits allowed. Opponents are hitting just .246 against Aggies pitching this season -- ranking sixth in the league -- while seven pitchers are holding the opposition to under a .250 average through 29 games. Individually, the duo of Max Cordy (23) and Spencer Koopmans (30) rank among the top 10 in the league in fewest hits allowed, standing first and sixth in the Big West, respectively, entering the week.
BARKER BETS YOU CAN’T HIT JUST ONE: Junior outfielder Kevin Barker hasn’t been satisfied with just one hit… he seems to come back for seconds (or thirds, or fourths). The San Francisco native, who ranked seventh in the league with a .359 average entering the week, shares the team lead with 12 multi-hit games this season, including a season-best 4-for-5 effort in a win over San Jose State on March 11, and has hits in 12 of his last 16 contests, leading the team with 37 hits overall this season -- tied for 10th in the Big West entering the week -- and topping his total (31) from all of 2013.
BARKER ON BASE: It’s a tough way to extend a streak, but it got the job done nonetheless. Hit by a pitch on Tuesday at Stanford, Barker reached base safely for the 10th consecutive game -- the third-longest streak by an Aggie this season behind Adam Young (18 games) and Steven Patterson (11).