Aggies Look for Season Sweep of Wolf Pack in Reno

Sophomore right-hander Max Cordy gets the ball on Tuesday as the Aggies battle the Wolf Pack in Reno.
 
Sophomore right-hander Max Cordy gets the ball on Tuesday as the Aggies battle the Wolf Pack in Reno.
 

May 5, 2014

UP NEXT FOR AGGIES BASEBALL...
UC Davis (19-24) at Nevada (24-20)
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Peccole Park - Reno, Nev.
6 p.m.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Audio | Video

PROBABLE STARTERS...
UC Davis: RHP Max Cordy (1-3, 5.45 ERA)
Nevada: LHP Tyler Wells (1-4, 4.68 ERA)

LEADING OFF...
Fresh off their second Big West Conference series victory of the season, the UC Davis baseball team heads to the “Biggest Little City in the World” on Tuesday for its penultimate mid-week contest of the year, taking on Nevada at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev., at 6 p.m.

LOOKING AHEAD...
Following Tuesday’s clash, the Aggies head north to Spokane, Wash., for a non-conference series against Gonzaga on May 9-11 at the Patterson Baseball Complex. Game times are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. start time on Sunday.

CAN’T MAKE THE GAME?
For those fans who can’t make it to Reno on Tuesday, live stats, as well as live streaming audio from Nevada’s play-by-play crew, will be available for the contest. Links will be added to the baseball schedule page of UCDavisAggies.com.

SCOUTING NEVADA...
The Wolf Pack enters the weekend with a 24-20 overall record and a 14-10 mark in Mountain West Conference play after dropping two-of-three to Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., over the weekend... Nevada is just 5-5 in its last 10 contests, a string that started with a series win over league rival Fresno State at home in mid-April... the Wolf Pack are 3-4 in mid-week contests this season, downing Sacramento State by a 10-3 score on April 30 in their last mid-week game, with single contests against Saint Mary’s (May 7) and Utah Valley (May 13) remaining... junior infielder Austin Byler leads all regulars with a .333 average, 10 home runs, and 35 RBI, slugging a robust .636 when you add his 10 doubles and five triples to the mix... Tuesday's starter, junior left-hander Tyler Wells, is 1-4 in 17 appearances this season with a 4.68 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 42.1 innings... opponents are hitting .298 against him this season... collectively, Nevada is hitting .279 as a team with three regulars batting better than .300, while the pitching staff sports a 4.07 ERA and a .265 average against through 44 games.

SERIES NOTES...
According to records that date back to the 1960 season, Nevada leads the all-time series with UC Davis by the count of 63-42-1, including a 9-2 mark since the Aggies became full-fledged Division I members in 2008... UC Davis, however, has won the last two meetings with the Wolf Pack, posting a 10-7 win in Reno in the second meeting between the two in 2013 and walking-off with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings earlier this year at Dobbins Stadium... the win in 2013 ended a nine-game losing skid to Nevada -- the longest winning streak for either team in the series... with the locations of many of the games prior to the 1974 season unknown, the Aggies are just 11-23 on the Wolf Pack’s home field, ending a five-game skid in Reno with its victory last season... prior to that, UC Davis’ last win in Reno came in 2008 during an 18-8 triumph over Nevada.

VERSUS NEVADA... SO FAR...
After taking three-of-four from New Mexico State in a weekend series, UC Davis kept rolling in its first meeting with Nevada this season, although it took 10 innings to do so. Shut out on just three hits for the first six innings, the Aggies rallied for three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to tie it before Steven Patterson delivered the knock-out blow with a bases-loaded single to left, scoring Mason Novak with the winning run.

Single runs by the Wolf Pack in the first, fourth, and seventh innings, put UC Davis in an early hole, but the Aggies chipped away to draw even. Nick Lynch doubled to lead-off the seventh, moved to third on a ground ball, and scored when Kevin Barker dropped a single into left centerfield to make it 3-1. After leaving two in scoring position in that frame, UC Davis came up clutch in the eighth thanks, again, to the bat of Lynch, who roped a single back through the box, scoring Adam Young and Seth Batty to tie the game and set the stage for extra innings.

THE WEEK THAT WAS...
Losers of six straight Big West Conference games and seven of their last eight overall, the Aggies headed to Southern California for a three-game series against Cal State Northridge looking for a shot in the arm. UC Davis did not come away disappointed, rebounding from a tough series-opening loss to take two-of-three from the Matadors with a rout and an extra-inning victory in the final two contests.

After spotting Northridge nine runs in the first three innings in the opener, UC Davis rallied for five in the fourth and fifth innings to close the gap, but would come no closer. John Williams laced a two-run double to get the rally started, while Kevin Barker (single), Tanner Bily (single), and Spencer Henderson (double), added RBI hits in the fifth, but the Matadors put the game out of reach with two runs each in the seventh and eighth innings en route to the 13-6 win.

Game two saw the Aggies score all their runs from the fifth inning on while Spencer Koopmans and Raul Jacobson combined on a six-hit shutout in the 11-0 win. Seven of the nine Aggies’ starters finished with hits -- five of those finishing with two -- while the top three hitters in the order combined to drive in seven runs. In Sunday’s finale, UC Davis fell behind 1-0 after the first, but saved their best for last, plating the tying run on Spencer Henderson’s single in the ninth and went ahead for good on Adam Young’s two-run double in the 10th en route to the 3-2 victory.

@UCDAVISBASEBALL “TWITTER” #NOTES
(quick hits for the #Aggies in 140 characters... give or take)

• The #Aggies are 4-2 in mid-week games this season, last posting a 3-1 win over Saint Mary’s on April 22 at Dobbins Stadium

• The series win at CSUN was the 2nd Big West series victory for the #Aggies in 2013 & the 21st (out of 55) since joining the Big West in 2008

• With the win, @UCDavisBaseball has now won the series from Cal State Northridge in six of its seven years as a member of the Big West

• With wins in games 2 & 3 at CSUN, the #Aggies posted back-to-back wins for the first time since 4/2 & 4/4 vs. Saint Mary’s & Fullerton

• The 11 runs in game two vs. the Matadors tied a season high in that category

• The 11-0 win in game two was the largest margin of victory for the #Aggies since a 19-8 win vs. UC Riverside on April 21, 2013

• Sunday’s 10-inning win was the 3rd extra-inning game for the #Aggies this year, improving them to 2-1 in such games

• Sunday also marked the 13th one-run game for @UCDavisBaseball this season, improving to 7-6 in those contests with its 3-2 win

• Junior Kevin Barker carries an 11-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game, batting .375 (18-48) w/7 runs, 8 RBI & 6 extra-base hits

• During his recent streak, Barker hit a double in six straight games from April 22 (Saint Mary’s) to May 3 (Cal State Northridge)

• Barker has also reached base safely in 21 straight -- the longest since Steven Patterson’s 31-game streak from Apr. 7, 2013 to Feb. 16, 2014

• Barker & Tanner Bily each have 11-game hit streaks in 2014 -- the longest since Patterson’s 13-game streak from Apr. 30-May 24 last season

• Bily had his 11-game hitting streak snapped in the finale at CSUN, but hit .450 (18-40) w/12 runs and 7 RBI during the streak

• 10 of the #Aggies 19 victories this season have seen @UCDavisBaseball come from behind & rally from a deficit to win

• The 19 wins and 5 Big West wins in 2014 match the #Aggies totals from all of last season with 11 regular season contests remaining

• No hits for you! The #Aggies pitchers are tied with UC Santa Barbara for the fewest hits allowed in the conference this season

• The two wins in Northridge this past weekend doubled the #Aggies road win total on the year, improving them to 4-15 away from home in 2014

• The #Aggies slammed 7 doubles in the opener against Northridge, falling just two shy of the single-game record set against Cal Poly in 2005

Raul Jacobson earned his first career save in Saturday’s 11-0 win, throwing three scoreless innings while allowing just two hits

• Out of a possible 104 scoring innings this season, the #Aggies have scored multiple runs in 44 of them -- a clip of just over 42 percent

• Of the #Aggies 63 doubles in 2014, a Big West-best 32 of them have come in conference games -- 10 of those at Northridge last weekend

• A six-run eighth inning in game 2 against Northridge marked the fourth time this season the #Aggies have scored 5 or more runs in an inning

• The #Aggies had 13 hits in game 1 and 12 hits in game 2 against CSUN -- the 17th and 18th times they have finished with double-digits

• @UCDavisBaseball turned four double plays on the weekend, moving the #Aggies into a tie for 3rd in the league -- two back of Cal Poly & UCSB

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