Nevada visits UC Davis in midweek I-80 battle

April 17, 2017

ON DECK…
GAME 30: Nevada (11-26) at UC Davis (10-19)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Davis, Calif.
Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium
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ON THE MOUND…
Probable starters for this week's game
RHP Cole Henderson (0-4, 8.75 ERA) at RHP Matt Blais (0-2, 3.71 ERA)

FIRST PITCH: The UC Davis baseball team (10-19) looks to close out its four-game homestand with a bang on Tuesday (April 18), welcoming Nevada to Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. first pitch.

IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Davis, nor Nevada, is ranked among the top 25 entering the week.

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TWO BUCK TIX: Tickets for Tuesday's game against Nevada marks the second edition of "Two Dollar Tuesday's" from the UC Davis Athletic Ticket Office, where all fans will be treated to two-dollar tickets at the door for a 2:30 first pitch at Dobbins Stadium. The promotion will also be valid for the Aggies' May 2 contest against Saint Mary's. For more information on this, and other promotions, contact the ticket office at (530) 752-AGS1.

ASSIST THE AGGIES ON "GIVE DAY": UC Davis’ inaugural "Give Day" will kick off at Noon on Friday, April 21, and conclude at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. All alumni, fans, and friends of UC Davis athletics are encouraged to participate. At UC Davis, we are actively building the ideal Division I athletics experience and, by making a donation to UC Davis Athletics on "Give Day," you will be providing important new resources to our student-athletes and teams. For more information, visit the UC Davis "Give Day" page at https://giveday.ucdavis.edu.

SCOUTING THE WOLF PACK: Nevada enters Tuesday's game at 11-26 overall on the season, but is coming off a Mountain West Conference series win over San Jose State at home over the weekend, taking the final two games by the scores of 5-4 and 6-2… Prior to that, the Wolf Pack had lost six of their last seven, with only an 11-inning, 3-1, win over San Diego State in that stretch… Nevada is just 4-16 away from home this season, losing eight of its last 10… The Wolf Pack have lost their last four midweek contests dating back to a 9-4 win over Utah on March 15… Nevada is 1-4 against Big West teams this season, losing 3-of-4 at Hawai'i and dropping a midweek decision at UC Santa Barbara… Sophomore infielder Keaton Smith leads all regulars with a .325 average to go with 11 doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI, slugging .524 on the year… Tuesday's scheduled starter, freshman right-hander Cole Henderson, is 0-4 with an 8.75 ERA in 13 appearances (five starts), allowing 24 earned in 23.2 innings, striking out 11, while opponents are hitting .306 against him.

SERIES NOTES: According to game-by-game records that date back to 1960, Nevada leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 67-44-1, including a 13-4 mark in the Aggies' Division I era… The Wolf Pack swept a pair of midweek contests last season, winning 3-1 in Davis and 5-4 in Reno… UC Davis' last win in the series came on March 10, 2015, posting a 10-4 victory at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium… Nevada has won seven of the last 10 meetings on the Aggies' home field… Five of the last six meetings have been decided by two runs or fewer, including four games decided by a single run and two decided in extra innings.

CONFERENCE CALL: UC Davis looks to remain perfect against the "Silver State" with a win on Tuesday after the Aggies posted an 8-3 win over UNLV in their second game of the 2017 season… UC Davis has faced six of the seven current baseball-playing members of the Mountain West Conference, facing all but New Mexico… The Aggies are a combined 100-153-2 (.396) against that field: Air Force (2-2), Fresno State (15-37), Nevada (44-67-1), UNLV (1-0), San Diego State (1-4), and San Jose State (37-43-1)… The win over the Rebels snapped a four-game losing streak against the conference dating back to last year and the Aggies have split their last 12 meetings with Mountain West schools over the last three years.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: A correction has been made to the 2017 UC Davis schedule, as the Aggies' final home series of the regular season against Grand Canyon now begins on Thursday (May 18) at 2:30 p.m., with the final two games scheduled for Friday (May 19) at 2:30 p.m., and Saturday (May 20) at 1 p.m., at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium. The Aggies will honor their seniors prior to first pitch of the series finale with the Antelopes on Saturday.

RAZO EARNS SECOND BIG WEST HONOR: Junior left-hander Orlando Razo was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season on Monday morning after his complete-game two-hit gem helped UC Davis beat Cal Poly, 3-0, in game two of their Big West Conference series. The San Mateo, Calif., native, who earned his first career weekly honor from the league back on Feb. 27, became only the second Aggie pitcher to earn the award twice in a season, joining former UC Davis standout Dayne Quist, who was named the conference's pitcher of the week on March 19 and April 16 of 2012. For the complete release: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/041717aaa.html.

SHORT HOPS…
• Razo was also named the College Sports Madness Big West player of the week thanks to his performance against Cal Poly on Monday afternoon…
• Razo's complete-game effort was the second in four days for the Aggies after teammate Matt Blais went the distance in a one-hitter at Sacramento State on April 11 -- the 10th one-hitter in the history of the program and the first since Vince DeCoito against Grand Canyon on March 27, 2004 (a 4-1 win)…
• Razo became the first UC Davis pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout since Harry Stanwyck did so at Pacific on May 10, 2013, when he scattered seven hits and struck out four Tigers…
• Friday night's win at Raley Field evened the Aggies' record at the ballpark at 3-3, following an 0-1 record against Cal State Fullerton and a 2-2 mark against Causeway rival Sacramento State (wins in 2001 and 2014, losses in 2002 and 2015)…
• UC Davis is 2-4 in midweek games this season, posting wins over Penn State (March 8) and Sacramento State (April 4), while falling to #22 Stanford (Feb. 28), Oregon (March 6), Saint Mary's (March 14), and the Hornets (April 11)…
• Sophomore Caleb Van Blake has been the Aggies' hottest hitter over the last 10 games, batting .293 thanks to a team-high 12 hits, scoring seven runs and slugging a pair of home runs while driving in four…
• Freshman Alejandro Lara came through in a "pinch" on Saturday in the finale against Cal Poly, logging his second career hit (and first career extra-base hit) with a double down the line to drive in the first two runs of his career as part of a three-run ninth against the Mustangs…
• Junior Ryan Hooper was OFFICIALLY plunked by a pitch twice in the series finale against Cal Poly on Saturday (he was called back to the plate by the umpire on two other occasions), giving him eight HBP's for the year -- a total that ranks tied for third in the Big West entering the week…
• The UC Davis offense collected 10 hits in the finale against the Mustangs -- the 11th time in 29 games that the Aggies have hit double digits in that category...
• The seven errors in the series finale against Cal Poly were a Division I era single-game record, surpassing the previous mark of five, which had been reached on six previous occasions -- the last against South Dakota State on March 9, 2016.

RECYCLED NOTES
THREE AGGIES MAKE OPENING DAY ROSTERS: Three former UC Davis baseball standouts were among their respective team’s 25-man rosters when the 2017 Major League Baseball season opened on Sunday (April 2). Veteran Major Leaguer Daniel Descalso made his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in thrilling fashion, tying the game with an RBI single with two outs in the ninth and, later, coming around to score the game-winning run in walk-off fashion as Arizona defeated San Francisco, 6-5.

Joe Biagini, who made his Major League debut with Toronto last season, and Ty Kelly, who also debuted with the New York Mets in 2016, also made the Opening Day rosters, with the former allowing one hit in 1.2 innings of relief against Baltimore on Monday. Kelly was designated for assignment by the Mets after one pinch-hit appearance against Atlanta and has been claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays (as of April 10).

Elsewhere, Eddie Gamboa, who was acquired by the Texas Rangers in the offseason, will start the year with the Triple-A Round Rock Express, while Max Cordy is in his second season in the Minnesota Twins organization, and will begin the year with the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE AGGIES: UC Davis looks to rebound off a 2016 season that saw the Aggies finish 17-36 overall and 5-19 in Big West play, returning 23 letter winners and seven position starters off of last season’s squad, while welcoming 10 new faces (three junior college transfers) and a pair of returning redshirts to the fold. UC Davis brings back three of its top four hitters from last season, paced by senior outfielder Mark Cardinalli, who hit a team-best .333 while battling through injury, and the duo of sophomore catcher Logan Denholm and senior infielder Cameron Olson, who combined for nine home runs and 55 RBI. On the mound, sophomore left-hander Robert Garcia will begin the season as UC Davis’ Friday night starter after finishing 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA in his first year with the Aggies. UC Davis also regains the services of left-hander Orlando Razo, who missed the better part of the last two years due to injury, but posting a 4-2 record with a 3.27 ERA in seven starts back in 2015 before being sidelined. Senior right-hander Justin Mullins, who started 11 games last season, rounds out the rotation after finishing 2-4 with a 4.79 ERA and 62 strikeouts against only 13 walks.

AGGIES WELCOME FOUR FALL SIGNEES: UC Davis baseball signed four players during the most recent fall signing period, adding pitchers Ryan Rodriguez (6-0, 165, RHP, Upland, Calif./Upland HS) and Brock Moffit (6-0, 190, LHP, Valley Center, Calif./Valley Center HS), along with infielders Kyler Arenado (5-10, 170, SS, Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison HS) and Joey Myers (6-0, 175, SS, Mission Viejo, Calif./Rancho Santa Margarita HS), for the 2018 season.

TO BE THE BEST…: UC Davis’ 2017 schedule features a total of 17 games against six teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament a season ago -- three of those teams in the always-difficult Big West Conference -- and three conference regular season or tournament champions. UConn, Saint Mary’s, Utah Valley, Long Beach State, and Cal State Fullerton, all earned NCAA regional berths, while conference rival UC Santa Barbara won the Nashville Regional, the Louisville Super Regional, and finished 1-2 at the College World Series in Omaha.

AGGIE ALUMS COMPETE IN WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: UC Davis baseball alumni Daniel Descalso (2005-07) and Ty Kelly (2008-09) got an early start to their seasons in March, competing in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Kelly helped lead Team Israel to a perfect 3-0 record in pool play and a berth in the second round, where they finished 1-2 with a win over Cuba. Meanwhile, Descalso and Team Italy finished 1-2 in pool play and were eliminated after dropping a tie-breaker to Venezuela, 4-3, but qualified for the 2021 tournament.

AGGIES NINTH IN BIG WEST POLL: According to a vote of the league’s coaches, defending Big West champion Cal State Fullerton is picked to repeat atop the league standings, picking up eight first-place votes en route to a total of 75 points. Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara -- a pair of NCAA Tournament teams a year ago -- were tied for second with 65 points apiece, while Cal Poly was selected fourth with 55 points. UC Irvine, which collected the final first-place vote and 48 points, was selected fifth, followed by CSUN (33), UC Riverside (27), Hawai’i (23), and UC Davis (13).