April 14, 2011
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BASEBALL HOSTS NONCONFERENCE SERIES WITH CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
The UC Davis baseball team breaks from Big West Conference action with a three-game series against Cal State Bakersfield beginning Friday at 2:30 p.m.... The Aggies and Roadrunners will then play Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
FOLLOW THE AGGIES LIVE
Friday and Sunday's games will feature a live internet-only broadcast via www.ucdavisaggies.com
Gametracker will be available for the entire series against Cal State Bakersfield.
SCOUTING CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD (22-8)
Cal State Bakersfield saw four-game win streak snapped after dropping a narrow 2-1 decision to Cal State Northridge on Sunday... The Roadrunners took 2-of-3 from the Matadors with wins Friday (15-5) and Saturday (13-3).
Ryan McIntyre leads the `Runners offensively, batting .371 with a team-leading 31 runs... He also owns 43 hits, 10 doubles, four triples and 22 RBI.
Five total `Runner batters are hitting above .300.
Saturday's starter Jonathan Montoya has throw five complete games in 2011, tying a Cal State Bakersfield record for most complete games in a season... Most recently he went the distance Apr. 9 against Cal State Northridge and allowed only three runs while striking out seven and walking three.
Junior Martin Medina is closing things out for the `Runners in two ways: batting cleanup and as the closing pitcher... Medina is batting .295 with four home runs and 30 RBI and has played in all but two innings this season... He also owns five saves, a school record for most saves in a season, and is 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA.
Cal State Bakersfield baseball is in its third overall year as a Division I program after being added as a sport in 2007... Head coach Bill Kernen has led the team through its inaugural season and won his 300th game on Apr. 8 in the `Runners' 15-5 win over Cal State Northridge.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE ROADRUNNERS (APR. 16-18, 2010)
Cal State Bakersfield took two-of-three games at Hardt Field in Bakersfield.
In Friday's game, UC Davis scored nine runs in the ninth inning to clinch a 12-11 victory... The Aggies were paced by Eric Johnson who went 2-for-5 with four RBI, all of which came in the ninth inning.
Cal State Bakersfield came back to win Saturday's game 12-4 then won 19-8 in the Sunday finale.
AGGIES SCORE THREE IN EIGHTH TO TOP SAINT MARY'S 4-3
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, UC Davis scored three runs without recording a hit then held on in the ninth to take a 4-3 nonconference win over Saint Mary's Tuesday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
The Aggies took advantage of struggles by Saint Mary's as the Aggies scored off a wild pitch, a walk and a fielder's choice.
Harry Stanwyck held Saint Mary's hitless through the first three innings until giving up a double in the fourth.
Brett Morgan and Scott Kalush led UC Davis, recording two hits each.
AGGIES WIN BIG IN LONG BEACH
UC Davis claimed its first conference victories with big wins against Long Beach State at Blair Field Apr. 8-10.
On Friday, Scott Heylman went 3-for-5 with six RBI and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle as the Aggies took an 8-1 win.
In Saturday's 11-1 win Heylman was nearly perfect at the plate, hitting 4-for-5 with three runs, while David Popkins hit 2-for-4 with five RBI for UC Davis' first series win of the year.
Long Beach State took Sunday's series finale with a 3-1 win, but the Aggies received contributions from Ryan Allgrove who went 3-for-3 and Karl Kobler who hit two doubles.
HEYLMAN NABS BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Senior shortstop Scott Heylman was named Big West Conference Player of the Week after his standout performance against Long Beach State.
Heylman bat .562 (9-of-16) in four games last week to go with seven RBI, three doubles and a triple.
His six RBI against the Dirtbags Friday nearly tied a single-game UC Davis record and was a single-game career-high for Heylman.
He raised his overall season average from .315 to a team-leading .349.
The weekly honor is the first for Heylman in his UC Davis career and the first for the Aggies during 2011.
HEYLMAN RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY BY COLLEGEBASEBALL360.COM
Heylman's play also earned him national recognition by CollegeBaseball360.com which named him a Primetime Performer for the week of Apr. 4-10.
He joins a list of 10 players comprised of collegiate baseball players from around the country, including top-ranked Vanderbilt, No. 2 Virginia, No. 7 North Carolina, No. 8 Cal State Fullerton and No. 9 Oregon State.
The Aggies last won a series May 21-23, 2010 after sweeping UC Santa Barbara at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The last time an Aggie was named Big West Player of the Week was May 24, 2010 when David Popkins hit .625 in five games.
BOTTOM HALF OF ORDER COMES UP BIG FOR AGS
Ryan Allgrove went 3-for-3 with a walk as he bat ninth for UC Davis in the Aggies' 3-1 loss against Long Beach State on Sunday.
Justin Andrade also bat cleanup Apr. 8 and 9 against the Dirtbags and was 2-for-5 with four runs and an RBI during those two games.
Karl Kobler bat seventh Apr. 9 and 10 against Long Beach State, going 4-for-8 with two runs, an RBI and a double... He added another RBI against Saint Mary's on Tuesday and hit in the No. 6 spot.
KUPBENS OWNS BEST ERA IN BIG WEST
Junior left-handed pitcher Anthony Kupbens did not allow an earned run in eight complete innings against Long Beach State on Apr. 9 to improve his ERA to a conference-leading 1.78.
He pushed ahead of Cal State Fullerton's Noe Ramirez (1.98 ERA) and Cal State Northridge's Joseph Goossen-Brown (2.18 ERA).
He has held opponents to a .215 batting average, ranking him fifth in the conference.
Kupbens has allowed only 12 runs (10 earned runs) in a team-leading 50.2 innings.
His performance against Long Beach State was the third straight game in which he has allowed only one run... It also marked the third time in 2011 he has not given up an earned run.
Kupbens held then-No. 12 Cal State Fullerton to only one run on six hits Apr. 2.
Against Milwaukee on Mar. 11, Kupbens led UC Davis to a 3-1 win after giving up only four hits and no earned runs... The only run the Panthers scored was an unearned run after a fielding error by UC Davis... He struck out seven batters in 7.2 innings of work and his only walk of the game came in the sixth inning... He allowed a base hit in the very first at bat of the game, then retired the next 10 straight until giving up another base hit in the fourth... He then held the Panthers hitless through the next three innings.
Kupbens pitched his first career complete game on Mar. 5 in a 3-1 loss to No. 21 Fresno State... He faced only six batters over the minimum, giving up only three runs on five hits... He struck out a career-high eight batters... His only walk didn't happen until the seventh innings... After giving up a base hit in the fifth, he held Fresno State hitless for the rest of the game.
AGGIES RANK AMONGST NATION'S BEST
Individually, Anthony Kupbens' 1.78 ERA is 55th-best in Division I.
AGGIES IN THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Scott Heylman: batting average (.349), 8th; slugging percentage (.465), 8th; on base percentage (.429), 5th
David Popkins: triples (3), T-2
Anthony Kupbens: ERA (1.78), 1st; opposing batting average (.215), 5th; innings pitched (50.2), 4th; batters struck out (38), 10th
Dayne Quist: batters struck out (43), 6th; batters struck out looking (18), 3rd
Tom Briner: games finished (11), T-2nd
Eric Johnson: putouts (228), 3rd; fielding double plays (17), T-6th
Scott Kalush: caught stealing by (9), 3rd
COMING UP NEXT
UC Davis faces Cal on Tuesday, Apr. 19 at 2:30 in Berkeley before returning to conference action with a three-game series at UC Irvine beginning Thursday, Apr. 21.