'Aloha!' Aggies head to Hawai'i for three-game series

April 20, 2017

ON DECK…
GAMES 30-32: UC Davis (10-19, 3-6) at Hawai'i (21-12, 3-3)
Fri.-Sun., April 21-23, 2017
6:35 p.m. HT - 6:35 p.m. HT - 1:05 p.m. HT
Les Murakami Stadium
Honolulu, Hawai'i
Game Coverage:
Game 1 (Fri.) - Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio (Hawai'i) | Tickets
Game 2 (Sat.) - Live Stats | Live Video | Live Audio (Hawai'i) | Tickets
Game 3 (Sun.) - Live Stats | Live Audio (Hawai'i) | Tickets

ON THE MOUND…
Probable starters for this weekend's series
Friday - LHP Robert Garcia (1-3, 4.60 ERA) at RHP Brendan Hornung (5-2, 2.26 ERA)
Saturday - LHP Orlando Razo (4-2, 3.96 ERA) at LHP Dominic DeMiero (4-3, 2.47 ERA)
Sunday - RHP Justin Mullins (0-2, 4.69 ERA) at Neil Uskali (5-2, 3.62 ERA)

FIRST PITCH: Falling victim to Mother Nature for the sixth time this season, the UC Davis baseball team (10-19, 3-6) has enjoyed a bit of an extended break after being rained out against I-80 rival Nevada on Tuesday. However, the Aggies now turn their attention back to Big West Conference play with a three-game series at Hawai’i beginning Friday (April 21) and running through Sunday (April 23) at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu. First pitch for Friday and Saturday is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. HT (9:35 p.m. PT), with Sunday’s start scheduled for 1:05 p.m. HT (4:05 p.m. PT).

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

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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 RAINBOW WARRIORS: Hawai’i enters the week with a 21-12 overall record and a 3-3 mark in Big West play after taking 2-of-3 from UC Riverside on the road last week... Of the Rainbow Warriors’ 21 wins, 15 of those have come at home as Hawai’i has played only 10 games away from the Islands... Sophomore catcher Kekai Rios leads all regulars with a .336 average in 32 games, slugging eight doubles and driving in 13... Senior outfielder Alex Fitchett supplies the power, slugging a team-high four home runs and driving in 22, batting .301 on the year... Senior right-hander Brendan Hornung, Friday night’s scheduled starter, leads the team with a 5-2 record and a 2.26 ERA, striking out 67 in 71.2 innings, holding hitters to a .262 average.

SERIES NOTES: According to records that date back to 2005, Hawai’i leads the series with UC Davis by a 13-6 count -- all but one of those games during the Aggies’ Division I Era... The Rainbow Warriors have won the last three straight -- and the last six consecutive Big West meetings -- with UC Davis’ only win in that stretch a 4-0 victory in a non-conference clash on April 5, 2015... The Aggies are just 3-9 in Honolulu, losing nine of the last 10 after winning the first two meetings in 2005 (3-2) and 2012 (5-3).

CONFERENCE CALL: UC Davis is a combined 78-150 (.342) in Big West Conference play since joining the league, finishing as high as fifth in the standings in 2012 and posting a program-best 13 conference victories during its inaugural Big West season in 2008.

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.

HE’S GOING THE DISTANCE: Razo’s shutout was the first by an Aggies’ pitcher since former standout Harry Stanwyck did so at Pacific on May 10, 2013, when he scattered seven hits and struck out four Tigers, and the second complete game by a UC Davis hurler in four days after Razo’s teammate, Matt Blais, tossed the 10th one-hitter in school history (and the first since Vince DeCoito in 2004) at Sacramento State on April 11.

QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON: Five of Razo’s eight starts on the mound this season have been “quality starts” (a start of at least six innings allowing three earned runs or fewer), posting a 4-0 record and a no decision in those five outings, with a 1.25 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 36 innings against only 13 walks.

SPECIAL “K”: When Razo struck out a Division I era record 13 batters against Utah Valley earlier this season, it was the most strikeouts in a game since Max Cordy finished with 11 against Saint Mary’s on Feb. 20, 2014, and, when Razo added 10 more against Cal Poly last Friday at Raley Field, the San Mateo, Calif., native became the first since Cordy that same season (10 more vs. New Mexico State on March 16) to have two double-digit strikeout games in the same year.

LARA IN A PINCH: Freshman Alejandro Lara came through in a “pinch” in the series finale against Cal Poly last week, logging his second career hit (and first career extra-base hit) with a pinch-hit double down the line to drive in the first two runs of his career as part of a three-run ninth against the Mustangs.

HOOPER’S A HIT: Quite literally as it turns out. The junior outfielder from Moraga, Calif., was plunked by a pitch four times in the finale against Cal Poly -- which would have been a school single-game Division I record, but he was called back to the plate on two occasions, OFFICIALLY giving him just two for the game -- upping his season total to eight for the season, ranking him tops on the team and tied for third in the Big West entering the week.

HIT PARADE: The 10 hits in the finale against Cal Poly marked the 11th time in 29 games that the Aggies have reached double digits in that category.

TURNING TWO: The UC Davis defense turned three double plays in the finale against Cal Poly -- the fifth time this season that the Aggies have turned at least that many in a single game. UC Davis, which has “turned two” 29 times this season, ranks fourth in the league in that category entering the weekend.

GOT HEEM: Senior catcher Ignacio Diaz threw out three Mustangs trying to steal over the weekend to bring his total to nine on the year, ranking him in a tie for fifth in the Big West entering the weekend in that category.

RUN HOME, JACK: The four home runs in the series at Cal State Fullerton gave the Aggies 19 in 29 games this season -- breaking last year’s mark of 16, and posting the most long balls since slugging 22 during the 2012 campaign. UC Davis, which has hit a home run in seven of its last 12 games, has hit 20-or-more home runs in a season only two other times, slamming a Division I era record 34 in 2008, and 24 two years later in 2010.

GOING SOLO: Of UC Davis’ 19 home runs, 11 have come with the bases empty, while five have led off an inning. However, the Aggies have hit multiple home runs in a game five times this season -- something that had happened only four times in the last years combined.

YARD WORK: Led by four home runs apiece from sophomore Ryan Anderson and senior Cameron Olson, nine different Aggies have accounted for the team’s home run total -- the most since the 2011, when UC Davis also had nine players leave the yard at least once.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING: The Aggies and Hornets decided their mid-week contest in just one hour and 45 minutes -- the quickest game of the season for UC Davis, the sixth in the Division I era to be complete in less than two hours, and the fastest nine-inning contest since the Aggies needed only 1:43 to post a 1-0 win over Pacific on April 14, 2012.