May 12, 2014
UC Davis: RHP Max Cordy (1-3, 5.48 ERA)
Sacramento State: RHP Ty Nichols (2-2, 3.30)
The UC Davis baseball team closes out an eight-game roadtrip on Tuesday (May 13), making the short jaunt to West Sacramento to take on Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State at Raley Field, home of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, in the final mid-week contest of the year. First pitch between the Aggies and Hornets is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. under the lights.
Following Tuesday’s clash, the Aggies return home for their final six games of the 2014 regular season, beginning Friday (May 16) at 2:30 p.m. with the opening game of a three-game series against Hawai’i at Dobbins Stadium on campus. First pitch for games two and three on Saturday and Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m.
General admission tickets for Tuesday night’s game at Raley Field are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for students and children along with a $5 charge for parking. Directions and more information is available at http://www.raleyfield.com/event-detail.php?id=145&title=Sac+State+vs.+UC+Davis.
CAN’T MAKE THE GAME?
For those fans who can’t make it to West Sacramento on Tuesday, live stats, as well as live streaming audio, will be available for the contest. Links will be added to the baseball schedule page of UCDavisAggies.com.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE...
The Hornets are 32-20 overall on the season after dropping two-of-three on the road in Western Athletic Conference play at Texas-Pan American... Sacramento State, which is 21-7 at home in 2014, has won its last four home contests, taking a mid-week win over Menlo College (7-1) and sweeping a three-game series from Chicago State... sophomore outfielder Nathan Lukes leads all regulars with a .354 average, scoring 46 runs and slugging eight doubles to go with 17 RBI... junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins provided the pop with a team-high eight home runs, 15 doubles, and 42 RBI, batting .335 and slugging .565 on the year... Tuesday’s starter, right-hander Ty Nichols, is 2-2 on the mound with a 3.30 ERA, walking 25 and striking out 41 on the season, but opponents are hitting .303 against him in six appearances.
According to records dating back to the 1960 season, Sacramento State leads the all-time series with UC Davis by the count of 107-82-3, including a 12-7 mark since the Aggies became full-fledged Division I members in 2008... the Hornets have won the last eight consecutive meetings -- tied for the longest winning streak by either team in the history of the season since 1960 (Sacramento State won eight consecutive meetings from Feb. 19, 1990 to April 16, 1991) -- including a 15-7 victory at Dobbins Stadium back on April 15... UC Davis’ last win in the series came on Feb. 20, 2011, taking the second game of a doubleheader by the score of 1-0 at home... although the location of many of the contests is unknown, the Aggies are 18-36 away from home against Sacramento State, losing the last five road contests dating back to an 11-3 win on March 5, 2010 -- the last in a streak of six consecutive road victories in UC Davis’ favor.
VERSUS SACRAMENTO STATE... SO FAR...
Senior Adam Young finished with three hits and freshman Brian Ruhm slugged a grand slam and drove in five, but a big fourth inning by Sacramento State broke open a tight game en route to a 15-7 win at Dobbins Stadium on April 15. RBI singles by Nick Lynch and Evan Heptig in the Aggies’ half of the first and second innings erased a 2-0 deficit, but a sacrifice fly by David Del Grande put the Hornets in front for good, setting the stage for a seven-run fourth that saw Sacramento State send 10 batters to the plate in the frame. Run-scoring hits by four different batters keyed the inning, with a two-run double by Kyle Moses starting the scoring. UC Davis was held without a hit until the seventh when Ruhm slugged his first career home run to make it 13-6 and the Yucaipa, Calif., native added a sac fly in the ninth to cap the scoring for the Aggies.
THE WEEK THAT WAS...
Following a heart-breaking extra-inning defeat at Nevada that saw the Aggies push across the go-ahead run in the 10th only to the have the Wolf Pack score twice in their half, including the winning score on a wild pitch, UC Davis headed to the Pacific Northwest for its final non-conference series of the season in Spokane against Gonzaga. The Aggies came out firing, riding a combined six-hitter from Harry Stanwyck and Raul Jacobson and getting three hits and three RBI from Austin March en route to the 7-2 win. Izaak Silva added four hits to help power a 15-hit attack -- the 20th time UC Davis has reached double digits this season. However, games two and three got away from the Aggies as the Bulldogs rallied for a 2-1 win on Saturday and a 5-2 six-inning win in a shortened series finale that cut out early due to UC Davis’ travel curfew. Junior Tino Lipson was 3-for-5 and drove home the Aggies’ only run in the second game while Nick Lynch finished 2-for-3 in the finale to pace the offense.
CAUSEWAY CUP UPDATE...
Tuesday night’s contest will mark the final head-to-head Causeway Cup meeting between the Aggies and the Hornets for the 2013-14 season. UC Davis has already clinched the all-sports battle presented by ScholarShare with its rivals for the sixth time in the 10-year history of the competition, extending its lead to 66.25 to 31.25 thanks to a sweep by the track and field squads in the annual Causeway Dual on May 2 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.
@UCDAVISBASEBALL “TWITTER” #NOTES
(quick hits for the #Aggies in 140 characters... give or take)
• The 20 wins in 2014 surpassed the #Aggies win total from all of 2013 (19-37) while the 5 Big West wins matches last year’s total
• The #Aggies are 4-3 in mid-week games this season, last posting a 3-1 win over Saint Mary’s on April 22 at Dobbins Stadium
• #RaleyField will be the 3rd minor-league park to host the #Aggies in 2014, joining Cheney Stadium (Tacoma) and Municipal Stadium (San Jose)
• The #Aggies are 1-4 in minor league parks, swept by Washington (Feb. 28-March 1) and splitting a pair with San Jose State (March 8-9)
• Tuesday will mark the #Aggies’ 4th game at Raley Field, last playing there on Apr. 22, 2005 vs. defending NCAA champ Cal St. Fullerton (L, 5-1)
• @UCDavisBaseball is 1-1 vs. Sacramento State at Raley Field, facing one another during the 2001 (W, 12-2) and 2002 (L, 7-0) seasons
• The Hornets are 5-0 at Raley Field in 2014, with wins over Nevada, Fresno State, Pacific, San Francisco, and #4 Oregon State
• The #Aggies are 3-8 in night games this season, losing eight of their last 10 & snapping a 5-game skid with their Friday win at Gonzaga
• The #Aggies have gone to extra innings four times this season, posting a 2-2 mark in those contests
• The #Aggies’ 2-1 loss in game two at Gonzaga was the 14th one-run game for @UCDavisBaseball this season, falling to 7-7 in those contests
• Steven Patterson made his return to the lineup in a “pinch” Sunday, his first AB (RBI fielder’s choice) since Apr. 15 vs. Sacramento State
• Junior Izaak Silva extended his hit streak to 7 games with his 6-for-11 (.545) performance at Gonzaga, raising his average 40 points to .270
• Part of Silva’s streak includes a career-high 4-hit night in the opener at Gonzaga - his 6th multi-hit game of the season
• 10 of the #Aggies 19 victories this season have seen @UCDavisBaseball come from behind & rally from a deficit to win
• Kevin Barker has reached base safely in 24 straight - the longest since Steven Patterson’s 31-game streak from Apr. 7, 2013 to Feb. 16, 2014
• Freshman Justin Mullins threw a career-high 4.1 shutout innings Saturday at Gonzaga, holding the Bulldogs hitless and striking out 3
• Mullins has allowed 2 ER over his last 10.2 IP (1.69 ERA), striking out nine while holding opponents to a .147 average (5-for-34)
• Junior Tino Lipson had a bang-up week, hitting .600 (9-for-15) with 3 walks & two RBI, collecting hits in 13 of his last 17 games (.349)
• With his performance last week, Lipson raised his average a robust 50 points to .252 on the year -- up 109 points overall since April 8
• Out of a possible 114 scoring innings this season, the #Aggies have scored multiple runs in 48 of them -- a clip of just over 42 percent
• Junior Nick Lynch has hits in 6 of his last 9 contests -- including multiple hits in 5 of those -- raising his average to .304 on the year
• Lynch’s double in the finale at Gonzaga gave him a career-high 10 on the season -- matching Kevin Barker for tops on the team
• The #Aggies offense has tallied at least one double in each of the last 12 games, including a season-high 7 in the opener at Northridge
• Of the #Aggies 69 doubles in 2014, 32 of them have come in conference games -- good for second in the league
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