Aggies head to Central Coast to take on Gauchos

Sophomore Ryan Anderson has hits in each of the last eight games, including five extra-base hits and seven RBI. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
May 4, 2017

ON DECK…
GAMES 37-39: UC Davis (13-23, 5-10) at UC Santa Barbara (19-22, 5-7)
Fri.-Sun., May 5-7, 2017
3 p.m. - 2 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Game Coverage:
Friday: Live Stats | Live Video
Saturday: Live Stats | Live Video
Sunday: Live Stats | Live Video
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ON THE MOUND…
Probable starters for this weekend's series
Friday: LHP Orlando Razo (5-2, 4.36 ERA) at LHP Kyle Nelson (5-3, 4.57 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Justin Mullins (1-3, 5.13 ERA) at RHP Chris Clements (1-6, 6.88 ERA)
Sunday: LHP Robert Garcia (1-5, 4.58 ERA) at RHP Chris Lincoln (1-1, 3.44 ERA)

FIRST PITCH: The Aggies are hoping a wild midweek win over a local rival is the start of something good as the UC Davis baseball team (13-23 overall, 5-10 in the Big West Conference) resumes league play on the road this weekend, heading to the Central Coast for a three-game series against UC Santa Barbara beginning Friday (May 5) and running through the weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium for the opener, with starts of 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday (May 6) and Sunday (May 7), respectively.

IN THE POLLS: Both UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara are unranked in this week’s top 25 polls... The Gauchos had been ranked as high as No. 18 in the preseason polls, and were in the top 25 following the first two weeks of the regular season before dropping out.

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SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos enter the week with a 19-22 overall record and a 5-7 mark in the Big West Conference, well-rested after dropping 2-of-3 on the road at UC Riverside last weekend... Six of UCSB’s last seven games have been decided by two runs or fewer and the Gauchos have lost three of their four Big West series this season... Of the team’s 19 wins this season, 14 of those have come at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium... Junior utility Colton Burns leads all regulars with a .323 average with 28 runs scored, three home runs, and 13 RBI, helping the Gauchos hit .278 as a team...  Junior Austin Bush supplies the power, batting .291 with nine doubles, 10 home runs, and 38 RBI... Junior left-hander Kyle Nelson is 5-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 11 starts this season, striking out 49 and holding opponents to a .227 average in 61 innings of work.

SERIES NOTES: According to records dating back to the 1964 season, UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 22-16... The Aggies took two out of three from the No. 13-ranked Gauchos at home last season, sandwiching wins of 6-2 and 13-3 in games one and three around a 7-3 loss in game two... The game one victory ended a 10-game losing streak by UC Davis in the series... The Aggies and the Gauchos have split the 12 Big West games played in Santa Barbara since 2008, with then-No. 6 UCSB sweeping UC Davis in 2015... The Aggies’ last win in Santa Barbara came in game two of the 2012 series, posting a 10-6 win... Overall, UC Davis is 7-9 in Santa Barbara, with the location of one game in 1966 unknown.

CONFERENCE CALL: UC Davis is a combined 80-154 (.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... The five conference wins this season match the team’s total from all of last year (5-19), while a sixth win would give the Aggies their highest conference win total since they finished 9-15 back in 2015.

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.

OLSON SETS NEW DIVISION I STANDARD: With his team-best sixth home run of the season in the opener against No. 9 Long Beach State last weekend, senior Cameron Olson collected the 15th long ball of his career, putting him past former Aggie greats David Popkins (2009-12) and Kyle Mihaylo (2008-10) for the most in the program’s Division I Era. Now standing just two shy of the program’s all-time top 10 in the career category, the six home runs are tied for third on the program’s single-season Division I list -- the most since Mihaylo slugged seven in 2010 and four back of Ryan Royster’s record of 10 in 2008.

ROUND AND ROUND THEY GO: The 23 combined runs scored in the opener against UC Davis and Long Beach State were the most since the Aggies eked out a 13-12 win at UC Riverside back on April 3, 2016. In addition, the nine runs scored in that game by the Aggies were the most in a loss for UC Davis since it fell to Stanford by the same score in a game that began on March 21 at Dobbins Stadium and was completed on May 17 at Sunken Diamond after being suspended due to darkness.

HOOPER’S A HIT: Quite literally as it turns out but, this time, instead of being hit by a pitch, he’s taking his frustrations out on the ball. The junior from Moraga, Calif., extending his hitting streak to 10 games on Tuesday against Saint Mary’s -- the longest by an Aggie hitter this season -- batting .429 (15-for-35) with nine runs scored, three doubles, a home run, and 10 RBI. Hooper drove in a career-high three runs in the opener against No. 9 Long Beach State and tied that mark against the Gaels. In the process, he has raised his average 49 points to .308 on the year -- tops on the team.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING!: Three other Aggie hitters extended lengthy hitting streaks with their performances on Tuesday against Saint Mary’s:
• Junior Alex Aguiar is now at seven games, batting .346 (9-for-26) with six runs, two doubles, a home run and two RBI...
• Sophomore Ryan Anderson has hit in eight straight games, batting .303 (10-for-33) with five runs, four doubles, a home run, and seven RBI...
• Senior Cameron Olson now has hits in nine consecutive games, batting .306 (11-for-36) with six runs scored, a pair of doubles, two home runs, and six RBI.

JACKED: Four home runs during the Aggies’ weekend series with Long Beach State gave UC Davis 24 round-trippers on the season -- tied for the second-most in the program’s Division I history (2010) and just 10 back of the Division I era record of 34 hit in 2008. Meanwhile, the three home runs in the opener against Long Beach marked the first three-homer game for the Aggies since April 26, 2015, when Austin March went deep twice and Olson added one in a win at Pacific.

GOING SOLO: Of UC Davis’ 24 home runs, 13 have come with the bases empty, while five have led off an inning. However, the Aggies have hit multiple home runs in a game six times this season -- something that had happened only four times in the last years combined.

YARD WORK: Nine Aggies have accounted for the team’s home run total this season -- the most since the 2011, when UC Davis also had nine players leave the yard at least once.

STONE COLD WINNER: Junior right-hander Zach Stone picked up his career-high fourth win of the year on Tuesday in relief against Saint Mary’s allowing a run on a hit in two innings of work, improving to 11-10 in his three-plus seasons as an Aggie. Already the school record holder for career saves, Stone now stands tied for fourth in career wins on the program’s Division I era list along with current teammate Orlando Razo and three other UC Davis hurlers.

MR. BASEBALL… TOO FAST!: A perfect 3-for-3 on the basepaths on Tuesday against Saint Mary’s gave the Aggies 46 for the season, keeping them in second place in the Big West Conference entering the weekend behind Long Beach State (52). Individually, junior Alex Aguiar and his nine steals rank him in a tie for seventh, helping UC Davis to its third-highest single-season total in the program’s Division I history behind the 103 in 2015 and the 78 in 2016.