San Francisco (18-19, 11-4 WCC) at UC Davis (20-13-1, 4-5 Big West)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Dobbins Stadium (Davis, Calif.)
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San Francisco: LHP Matt Narahara (0-2, 5.18 ERA in 2015)
UC Davis: RHP Nat Hamby (0-2, 5.26 ERA in 2015)
FIRST PITCH: The UC Davis baseball team (20-13-1 overall, 4-5 in the Big West Conference) closes out a five-game home stand on Tuesday (April 14), welcoming San Francisco to Dobbins Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. first pitch.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following Tuesday's game, the Aggies climb right back into the thick of Big West Conference play, heading south for a three-game series at UC Irvine beginning Friday (April 17). At 8-1, the Anteaters (21-11 overall) lead the Big West and are ranked No. 19 according to Collegiate Baseball and No. 20 according to D1Baseball.com. Game times are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The first two games of the series will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
ABOUT THE DONS: San Francisco enters Tuesday's clash with UC Davis with an 18-19 overall record following a 16-4 loss to Nevada on Monday, but an 11-4 mark in West Coast Conference play for second place in the standings entering the week -- just a game back of San Diego, whom they meet in a three-game series this weekend in Southern California... The Dons had a seven-game winning streak snapped with their loss to the Wolf Pack following a series sweep of Portland at home by the scores of 7-6, 1-0, and 8-4... USF is 4-5 in midweek games this season... Sophomore catcher Dominic Miroglio entered the week leading all regulars with a .331 average to go with 18 runs scored, seven doubles, three home runs, and 27 RBI... The Dons also featured three hitters at .300 or better and are hitting .260 as a squad in 36 games... Tuesday's scheduled starter, senior left-hander Matt Narahara, is 0-2 with a 5.18 ERA, allowing 27 hits in 24.1 innings, striking out 12 against 10 walks... opponents have hit .284 against him thus far this season.
SERIES NOTES: The Dons lead the all-time series with the Aggies, 43-29-2, according to records that date back to the 1965 season, but UC Davis has won two straight in the series following a 1-0 victory at Benedetti Diamond earlier this season... Prior to that game, the two programs hadn't met on the diamond since 2012, when the Aggies posted a 5-2 win in San Francisco... USF has won seven of the 10 meetings since both have been Division I rivals... UC Davis just 4-11 in the last 15 games against the Dons at Dobbins Stadium, snapping a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win on Feb. 26, 2011 -- the last meeting between the two in Davis... The 1-0 win earlier this season marked the first time that the Aggies had shutout San Francisco dating back to a similar 1-0 victory in seven innings on Feb. 9, 1991, and was the first shutout by either team in the series since a 6-0 win for USF on March 24, 2009.
MIDWEEK SUCCESS: Following a 4-2 loss to Causeway rival Sacramento State back on April 8, the Aggies are 5-3 in midweek contests this season, with four of those wins coming at home. UC Davis' lone road midweek win came against San Francisco back on March 24. Senior catcher Izaak Silva has feasted on opposing pitching during those midweek contests, batting .522 with seven runs, two doubles, two triples, and four RBI, while slugging .783 and posting a .645 on-base percentage. Senior infielder Nick Lynch has also done well, batting .435 with a .957 slugging percentage after belting four doubles, a triple, and two home runs, scoring 11 times and driving home 11 more runs.
GAMBOA GETS THE CALL: On the 40-man roster to begin the year, former UC Davis hurler Eddie Gamboa got the call and joined the Baltimore Orioles' bullpen from Triple-A Norfolk on April 11. Should he take the mound during his stay with the O's, Gamboa will be the third former Aggie to appear in the major leagues, joining pitcher Steve Brown, who appeared with the California Angels in 1983-84, and current Colorado Rockies infielder Daniel Descalso, who is in his sixth major league season after making his debut in 2010, helping the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title in 2011.
AGGIES ON OPENING DAY: As the 2015 Major League Baseball season gets underway, numerous Aggies are making their mark on professional baseball...
Daniel Descalso (COL) - On the Rockies' active roster to start 2015; has appeared in five games as of April 13, with a single and run scored.
Ty Kelly (STL) - On the St. Louis 40-man roster; Opened the season with the AAA Memphis Redbirds (PCL)
Eddie Gamboa (BAL) - On the Baltimore 40-man roster; Opened the season with the AAA Norfolk Tides (IL); Called up to the majors on April 11, 2015.
Steven Patterson (CLE) - Will open the season at Short Season A Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Scott Lyman (MIA) - Will open the season at Advanced A Jupiter Hammerheads
Tyler LaTorre (MIL) - Will open the season at AA Biloxi Shuckers; oldest member of the roster (31); signed as a free agent in March after splitting time between AA Richmond and AAA Fresno in the San Francisco Giants organization in 2014
Joe Biagini (SF) - Will open the season at AA Richmond after spending 2014 at A San Jose
UC DAVIS BASEBALL "SHORT HOPS"
· Despite losing the series to conference rival Cal State Fullerton, the Aggies posted a 3-2 win in the opener with the Titans on April 10 -- the first time that UC Davis has defeated Fullerton at home in 16 tries and only the fourth win in the 33-game history between the two.
· Usually penciled in as the designated hitter or first baseman, junior left-hander Spencer Henderson has also been a valuable tool out of the bullpen for Head Coach Matt Vaughn, posting a 1-1 record with a 0.79 ERA in seven relief appearances (11.1 innings pitched). He has not allowed a run in his last 4.2 innings (five games), scattering just two hits, walking a pair and striking out five.
· Since a 2-for-4 day at San Francisco, senior catcher Izaak Silva has posted hits in 11 of his last 13 games -- including seven multi-hit contests -- raising his batting average 61 points to .364 on the year and driving in 13 runs. Silva tied a career high with four hits in game two of the series vs. Cal State Fullerton last weekend and slugged his first career home run in the series finale against the Titans.
· It's not often that one does not see Silva behind the plate this season as the senior has caught all but 22 (over a span of nine games) of a possible 304 innings thrown by the pitching staff in 2015.
· Sophomore right-hander Zach Stone nailed down his seventh save of the year in the series-opening win against Cal State Fullerton, ranking him in a tie for sixth on the school's single-season list. His 16 career saves place him in sole possession of second on the all-time list, just three back of Justin Fitzgerald (2005-08) for the top spot.
· Stone has held opposing hitters to a .186 average while compiling a 2-0 record, having not allowed an earned run in 20.1 innings this season, scattering just 13 hits, while striking out 24 against only one walk. Only two of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases (both doubles).
· Freshman right-hander Matt Blais has been an improving arm out of the bullpen for Head Coach Matt Vaughn, allowing just two earned runs over his last 11.1 innings of work, including three shutout innings of one-hit relief against Sacramento State on April 8.
· The first inning has been the best for the Aggies this season, scoring in the opening frame 16 times (winning 10 of those games) and out-scoring opponents 34-20 in that inning.
AGGIE BASEBALL RECORD WATCH
(all totals as of April 12, 2015)
1. Jim Saunders (1979) - 24
T3. Four Players Tied - 20 (Last: Ty Kelly in 2009)
T7. Nick Lynch (2015) - 19
T1. David Gordon (2000), Jason Wright (1990) - 8
T6. Six Players Tied - 5 (Last: Robby Tulk in 2004)
NR. Tino Lipson (2015) - 3
1. Jason Shapiro (1994) - 43
T9. John Lucido (1978) & Rich Martini (1976) - 26
NR. Tino Lipson (2015) - 18
NR. Kevin Barker (2015) - 17
1. Matt Pool (1994) - 13
T6. Six Players Tied - 9 (Last: Michael Potter in 2003)
NR. Max Cordy (2015) - 7
1. Justin Fitzgerald (2008) - 15
T3. Three Players Tied - 8 (Last: Joel Needham, 2004)
T6. Zach Stone (2015) - 7
1. Robby Tulk (2001-04), 210
9. Scott Kalush (2009-12), 189
10. Nick Lynch (2012-pres.), 188
1. Matt Kamigawachi (2001-04), 798
9. Scott Heylman (2008-11), 640
10. Nick Lynch (2012-pres.), 627
NR. Tino Lipson (2012-pres.), 607
1. Matt Kamigawachi (2001-04), 266
7. Daniel Descalso (2005-07), 210
8. Nick Lynch (2012-pres.), 208
10. Jai Khanna (1990-93), 200
NR. Tino Lipson (2012-pres.), 183
NR. Kevin Barker (2012-pres.), 170
1. John LeBeau (1984-86), 153
10. Greg Carlson (1995-98), 113
NR. Nick Lynch (2012-pres.), 110
1. Robby Tulk (2001-04), 52
5. Paul Politi (2010-13), 45
6. Nick Lynch (2012-pres.), 44
T10. Four Players Tied, 39 (Last: Aaron Hanke, 2004-07)
NR. Kevin Barker (2012-pres.), 36
1. Jason Wright (1989-92), 14
T8. Dan Overholt (1997-99) & Ron Conway (1962-64), 9
NR. Tino Lipson (2012-pres.), 8
1. Steve Roberts (1985-87), 32
T10. Three Players Tied, 17 (Last: Kyle Mihaylo in 2007-10)
NR. Nick Lynch (2012-pres.), 12
1. Jason Shapiro (1991-94), 106
T10. Four Players Tied, 40 (Last: Adam Wilson in 2000-01)
NR. Tino Lipson (2012-pres.), 37
Hit By Pitch
1. Jason Shapiro (1991-94), 56
T2. Carl Velleno (1996-99), 49
T2. Nick Lynch (2012-pres.), 49
T5. David Popkins (2009-12) & Eric Johnson (2009-12), 38
8. Kevin Barker (2012-pres.), 33
10. Brandon Oliver (2005-07) & Matt Sparks (1994-97), 22
NR. Evan Heptig (2012-pres.), 16
NR. Tino Lipson (2012-pres.), 15
1. Justin Fitzgerald (2005-08), 19
2. Zach Stone (2014-pres.), 16
1. Nik Aurora (2004-07), 75
10. Jeremy McChesney (2005-09), 58
NR. Spencer Koopmans (2012-pres.), 54
NR. Max Cordy (2013-pres.), 46
NR. Zach Stone (2014-pres.), 44
1. Michael Potter (2003-06), 52
5. John Clay (1966-68, 1970), 42
T6. Spencer Koopmans (2012-pres.), 40
1. Michael Potter (2003-06), 339.0
10. Dave McKae (2002-05), 265.0
NR. Spencer Koopmans (2012-pres.), 228.1
AGGIES IN THE NATION
(all rankings as of April 12, 2015... Top 100 only)
Batting Average: 70th (.287)
Hits: 85th (333)
Doubles Per Game: 8th (2.41 pg)
Doubles: 12th (82)
Triples Per Game: 79th (0.29 pg)
Triples: 73rd (10)
Stolen Bases Per Game: 4th (2.32 pg)
Stolen Bases: 4th (79)
Sacrifice Bunts: 57th (29)
Hit By Pitch: 4th (61)
Sacrifice Flies: 91st (14)
ERA: 88th (3.85)
Walks Allowed Per 9 Inn.: 53rd (3.05)
Fielding Percentage: 97th (.969)
Double Plays Per Game: 93rd (0.85)
Double Plays: 80th (29)
On-Base Percentage: 62nd (.375)
Winning Percentage: 79th (.603)
Shutouts: 45th (3)
Runs Per Game: 94th (0.97)
Runs: 76th (33)
Doubles Per Game: 1st (0.56)
Doubles: 1st (19)
Slugging Percentage: 78th (.602)
On-Base Percentage: 59th (.474)
Hit By Pitch Per Game: 15th (0.38 pg)
Hit By Pitch: 9th (13)
Doubles: 73rd (12)
Triples: 66th (3)
Stolen Bases Per Game: 30th (0.53 pg)
Stolen Bases: 22nd (18)
Toughest to Strike Out: 29th (15.1 AB)
Stolen Bases: 29th (17)
Hit By Pitch: 44th (10)
Victories: 6th (7)
Saves: 29th (7)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio: 2nd (24-to-1)
Appearances: 28th (19)