May 15, 2014
THIS WEEK IN AGGIES BASEBALL...
Hawai'i (19-28, 3-15) at UC Davis (21-27, 5-13)
Dobbins Stadium - Davis, Calif.
Friday, May 16, 2:30 p.m. - Live Stats | Audio
Saturday, May 17, 1 p.m. - Live Stats | Audio
Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m. - Live Stats | Audio
PROJECTED PITCHING MATCH-UPS
Friday: RHP Harry Stanwyck (3-6, 5.92 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Cooper (4-5, 1.68 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Spencer Koopmans (4-2, 3.03 ERA) vs. Scott Kuzminsky (4-6, 3.12 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Evan Wolf (3-5, 4.33 ERA) vs. LHP Jarrett Arakawa (2-1, 2.28 ERA)
FIRST PITCH: A huge win over rival Sacramento State got the week off to a smashing start for the UC Davis baseball team (21-27, 5-13) as the Aggies now turn their attention back to Big West Conference play this weekend. With six games remaining in the regular season -- all of them within the friendly confines of Dobbins Stadium -- UC Davis welcomes Hawai’i to the mainland for a three-game series beginning Friday (May 16) at 2:30 p.m. Games two and three on Saturday and Sunday are scheduled for 1 p.m. starts.
IN THE POLLS:
Neither UC Davis, nor Hawai’i, are ranked among the top 25 in the nation entering this weekend’s series.
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SCOUTING HAWAI’I: The Rainbow Warriors enter the weekend with a 19-28 overall record and a 3-15 mark in Big West Conference play... Hawai’i has lost six straight league contests dating back to a 9-1 win over Cal State Northridge on April 19 in the series finale, swept in three-game series by both Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State in its last two outings... the Rainbow Warriors are just 4-10 away from the Islands this season, losing six of their last seven, but are playing their first game away from home since the series against the Titans to close out the month of April... senior outfielder Adam Hurley leads all regulars with a .323 average... senior Marc Flores provides the pop, batting .290 on the season with nine doubles, five home runs and 39 RBI... senior right-hander Matt Cooper leads the rotation with a 4-5 record in 13 starts, posting a 1.68 ERA and striking out 88 in 91.1 innings... opponents are hitting a team-low .213 against Cooper... right-hander Scott Kuzminsky (4-6, 3.12 ERA, 49 strikeouts, .272 average against) and left-hander Scott Squier (4-5, 3.27 ERA, 69 strikeouts, .233 average against) round out the rotation.
SERIES NOTES: Hawai’i leads the all-time series with UC Davis by the count of 6-3, including a sweep of the inaugural Big West Conference series between the two programs last season in Honolulu by the scores of 5-2, 6-2, and 6-0... this weekend’s series marks only the second trip to Davis by the Rainbow Warriors as eight of the nine previous meetings have been played in Hawai’i... in the only Northern California meeting, the Aggies posted a 6-3 win at Dobbins Stadium on May 14, 2012, led by a pair of hits from David Popkins and two RBI from Paul Politi as well as five strikeouts over six innings from Evan Wolf.
LAST TIME OUT - UC DAVIS 6, SACRAMENTO STATE 3: Freshman left-hander Orlando Razo allowed just two hits over a stellar 5 2/3 innings of relief and the Aggies rallied from three runs down to hand the host Hornets a 6-3 defeat at Raley Field. Spencer Brann and Adam Young each finished with two hits, including Brann’s first home run of season, as a three-run fourth inning brought UC Davis all the way back after the Aggies had spotted their hosts three runs in the first inning.
STONE ADDED TO MID-SEASON WATCH LIST: UC Davis freshman closer Zach Stone has been named one of 50 players on the the mid-season watch list for the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. The list is made up of representatives from 21 different conferences, including national saves leader Sam Moore of UC Irvine, Reed Reilly of Cal Poly, and Dillon Tate of UC Santa Barbara, joining Stone from the Big West. Stone, a freshman from Eureka, Calif., who ranks third in the Big West with nine saves thus far, is one of only four freshmen on the list along with Alabama’s Thomas Burrows, Miami’s Bryan Garcia, and Indiana State’s Ryan Keaffaber. The national saves leader and four other finalists will be annouced on June 4 with the NCBWA’s All-America Committee selecting the winner during the 2014 College World Series. A complete list for the award is available online at http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/042314aaa.html.
DING-DONG! THE STREAK IS DEAD: Tuesday night’s victory over Sacramento State not only improved the Aggies to 2-2 at Raley Field and handed the Hornets their first loss at their home-away-from-home in six chances this season but, more important, snapped an eight-game losing streak to their Causeway rivals dating back to 2011 -- tied for the longest winning streak by either side in the history of the series dating back to 1960. UC Davis’ win was the first over Sacramento State on the road since an 11-3 victory in 2010.
#WINNING: Coupled with their win over Gonzaga in the series opener in Spokane last weekend, Tuesday night’s win over Sacramento State pushed the Aggies past their overall win total for all of 2013 (19) with six regular season Big West contests remaining on the docket, giving UC Davis a chance to surpass its conference win total (5) from last season.
MAJOR WIN AT A “MINOR” VENUE: Tuesday’s game at Raley Field, home of the Oakland A’s AAA affiliate the Sacramento River Cats, marked the third minor league venue the Aggies have played at this season following games at Cheney Field (AAA Tacoma Rainiers) in Washington and Municipal Stadium (High-A San Jose Giants) in San Jose. UC Davis improved to 2-4 in games at those venues with its win on Tuesday night.
OH!-RLANDO: Southpaw Razo shut down the Hornets with a career-high 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday night, needing just 66 pitches and striking out a career-high five batters to earn his second win of the season. The freshman has allowed just one earned run over his last 19 innings (0.47 ERA), striking out 11 and holding opponents to a .209 average (14-for-67), while dropping his team-best ERA a third of a run to 1.41 following Tuesday night’s performance.
IT’S GONNA BE MAY!: Every little thing they do, seems to be enough for the Aggies’ offense as UC Davis has kicked off the month of May with its best offense performance of any month thus far this season. The Aggies are batting a robust .286 as a team through its eight contests this month, so far topping the .280 the Aggies hit in March when they finished 8-7.
BYE, BYE, BYE: It might sound crazy, but it ain’t no lie... Spencer Brann made a spectacular return to the lineup Tuesday night at Raley Field, slugging his first home run of the season -- a solo shot with two outs in the second inning -- and the third of his career to bring his team back to within a run at 3-2, setting the stage for UC Davis’ decisive three-run fourth en route to the win. It was the first home run by the Aggies in almost a month dating back to Brian Ruhm’s grand slam against the Hornets at Dobbins Stadium on April 15. Brann had missed the team’s previous nine games after suffering an injury in a collision at home plate against UC Irvine on April 26.
ONE BETTER THAN JACK BAUER: With a fourth-inning walk Tuesday night against Sacramento State, junior outfielder Kevin Barker has now reached base safely in each of his last 25 games dating back to an 0-for-4 performance against New Mexico State on March 15 -- the longest such streak by an Aggie this season. Barker has reached via a hit in 20 of those 25 games and is hitting .333 (20-for-60) with eight runs and nine RBI during that stretch. Overall, the San Francisco, Calif., native ranks just outside the top 10 in the Big West in hits (57) and is the fifth-best hitter with a .341 average heading into the weekend.
MORE ON THE STREAKS: Barker’s 25-game reached base safely streak is the longest for an Aggie since Steven Patterson did so in 31 consecutive games from April 7, 2013, to Feb. 16, 2014, while his 13-game hitting streak -- which ended on May 10 in Spokane -- was the longest since Patterson’s 13-game run from April 30-May 24 last season.
SMOOTH AS SILVA: Junior catcher Izaak Silva extended his hitting streak to a season-best seven games following his weekend in Spokane -- the longest active streak by an Aggie entering the weekend -- going 6-for-11 (.545) at the plate to raise his average 40 points to .270 on the year. His run includes a career-high four hits in the opener against Gonzaga -- his sixth multi-hit game of the year -- and is batting .423 (11-for-26) during his streak.
JUSTIN TIME: Freshman right-hander Justin Mullins came up huge out of the bullpen against Gonzaga in game two of the series, throwing a career-high 4 1/3 shutout innings on Saturday, holding the Bulldogs hitless while striking out three. The Napa, Calif., native has allowed just two earned runs over his last 10 2/3 innings (four appearances) for a 1.69 ERA, striking out nine and holding opponents to an average of .147 (5-for-34).
TINO ES BUENO: Junior infielder Tino Lipson had himself a bang-up week in the Pacific Northwest, hitting .600 (9-for-15) on the weekend with three walks and a pair of RBI, helping raise his average a robust 50 points to .252 following the three-game series. Lipson, who has reached base safely in each of hits last 13 contests, has collected hits in 13 of his last 18 games, hitting .333 (22-for-66) during that stretch and raising his overall average more than 100 points since April 8.
NICK AT NIGHT: Junior Nick Lynch seems to ready for primetime, collecting hits in six of his last 10 contests -- including multiple hits in five of those games -- while also driving home five runs to increase his team-best total to 28. The Burlingame, Calif., native collected his career-best 10th double of the year in the finale at Gonzaga -- matching Kevin Barker for tops on the team -- while logging his team-high ninth multi-RBI performance of 2014 on Tuesday against Sacramento State.
SAVE IT!: Junior right-hander Raul Jacobson has been the “save”-ior out of the bullpen as of late for the Aggies, logging the first two saves of his career to nail down wins over Cal State Northridge (May 3) and Sacramento State (May 13). Over his last four appearances (nine innings), Jacobson has allowed just one earned run on six hits, striking out six, and holding opponents to a .207 (6-for-29) average, while dropping his ERA more than half of run to 3.70 in the process.
LORD OF THE (SACRIFICE) FLIES: After collecting just one sac fly in their previous 13 games combined (and just nine overall on the year), the Aggie hitters came through with a pair of run-scoring fly balls on Tuesday against Sacramento State -- the most for UC Davis since it had a pair against Saint Mary’s on May 14 of last season in a 16-12 victory in Moraga, Calif.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER: A lot of Aggies have had a hand in UC Davis’ 21 victories this season as 11 different players have combined to drive home the game-winning run, while 12 different Aggies have scored the game-winning run in 2014. Austin March (last Friday at Gonzaga) and Spencer Brann (Tuesday at Sacramento State) became the latest heroes for UC Davis with their game-winning hits, while Spencer Henderson scored his first game-winning run of the year against the Bulldogs. Senior Adam Young, who leads the team with four game-winning RBI, also took over the lead with his third game-winning run of the year against the Hornets.
KEEPING OPPONENTS “KOOP”-ED UP: Junior right-hander Spencer Koopmans has been stellar over his last five starts dating back to April 12, allowing just seven earned runs over his last 28.1 innings for a 2.22 ERA and holding opponents to a .243 average (25-for-103). Thanks to those performances, he has seen his ERA drop nearly half a run to 3.03 -- good for second on the team -- while ranking tied for eighth in the league in fewest hits allowed (58) entering the weekend.
BILY’S KILLER BB’S: No, we didn’t stutter. Even though he has appeared in only 24 games this seaosn, sophomore Tanner Bily has displayed the batter’s eye of a wily veteran, ranking tied for second on the team with 16 walks -- 13 of those since breaking into the starting lineup against Long Beach State on April 13 -- and logging four games with two walks or more, posting a team-best .493 on-base percentage over his last 18 starts.
“STONE” COLD CLOSER: With his ninth save of the year against Saint Mary’s on April 22, freshman closer Zach Stone passed three former Aggie greats and moved into sole possession of second place on the UC Davis single-season list, standing behind only record-holder Justin Fitzgerald, who saved 15 games for the Aggies in 2008. Stone’s performance this season also places him in a tie with Nik Aurora (2004-07) and Bill Brelsford (1993-96) for eighth on the career list behind Fitzgerald, who also holds the career record with 19 saves from 2005-08.
COMEBACK KIDS: UC Davis has been adept at coming from behind this season, erasing a deficit for a win in 11 of their 21 victories in 2014.
NO MARGIN FOR ERROR: A 2-1 loss in game two of the series at Gonzaga last weekend marked the 15th one-run contest for UC Davis this season as the Aggies fell to 7-8 in such games in 2014.
ALWAYS ROOM FOR MORE: Out of a possible 117 scoring innings this season, the Aggies have crossed home plate multiple times in 50 of them -- a rate of just under 43 percent.
DOUBLE TROUBLE IN THE BIG WEST: Nearly half of the Aggies’ 71 doubles this season have come against Big West Conference pitching as UC Davis ranks a close second to Cal Poly (33) with 32 doubles in conference contests, while Barker and junior Nick Lynch rank in a tie for seventh with their five “two-baggers” in league play on the season. Overall, the Aggies rank tied for third with 71 doubles on the year and have collected at least one extra-base hit in each of the last 17 games.
TAKE THEM OUT TO THE BALLGAME...: The fans came out to support the Aggies in game two of their series against Long Beach State to the tune of a “Picnic Day” crowd of 1,511 -- the largest crowd ever to see a UC Davis baseball game at Dobbins Stadium in the Division I era (2008-present).
QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON: Wolf’s eight-plus innings last weekend at Northridge marked his team-best sixth quality start of the year (start of at least six innings, allowing three earned runs or fewer) and the 16th of the season by an Aggie pitcher. UC Davis is 6-2 with eight no decisions in those quality starts and, when the Aggies have been good, they have been really good in those starts, holding opponents to a .175 (63-for-361) average with four starters posting ERA’s under three.
Stats in Quality Starts
Harry Stanwyck: 3-0, 1.50 ERA, 23 strikeouts, .183 (22-for-120) avg. against
Spencer Koopmans: 1-0, 3 no dec., 0.38 ERA, .195 (16-for-82) avg. against
Evan Wolf: 3-2, 2.30 ERA, .197 (28-for-142) avg. against
Max Cordy: 1-0, 2.08 ERA, .050 (2-for-40) avg. against