UC Davis to face Santa Clara in mid-week clash

March 12, 2018

GAME 14: Santa Clara (11-4) at UC Davis (4-9)
Tues., Mar. 13, 2018
2:30 p.m.
Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium
Davis, Calif.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Online Stream*

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Possible starters for this week’s game
Tuesday: TBD

DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis is set to host local foe, Santa Clara, for a mid-week meeting tomorrow (Mar. 13) at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday’s game marks the first of a six-game homestand for UC Davis as they are scheduled to welcome Northern Colorado this weekend beginning on Mar. 16, then face Saint Mary’s on Mar. 26 at 2:30 p.m. 

Neither UC Davis, nor Santa Clara, are ranked among the top 25 this week.

After taking one of three in their home opener against Boston College, the Broncos bounced back with a series win over Wake Forest that included a 14-inning 7-6 win in game two… Santa Clara earned its first series sweep of the season earlier this month against Utah before taking three of four against local rival, Sacramento State, including an 11-10 (10) win in game one, marking their second extra innings win of the season… Tuesday’s matchup at Phil Swimley Field marks the Broncos’ final tune-up game before beginning West Coast Conference play… Leading the Broncos with a .322 average at the plate, junior John Cresto also holds team-highs for hits (19) and runs scored (13) and co-leads the team with five homeruns, while senior Joe Becht leads the team with two triples and seven stolen bases on the season… Sophomore Alex Waldsmith (0-1, 2.60 ERA) leads the pitching staff with four recorded starts and 17.1 innings pitched, while senior Steven Wilson (3-0, 1.74 ERA) holds the second highest strikeout total at 17 behind right-hander Eric Lex (2-0, 0.00 ERA) who holds a team-high four saves and 19 strikeouts over 11 innings on the mound.

Santa Clara leads the all-time record against the Aggies, 29-43, while UC Davis leads the Division I record 14-4… Last meeting Santa Clara on the road back in 2016, the Aggies hope to extend their current five-game streak over the Broncos to six--tying the UC Davis record for longest winning streak against Santa Clara.

Ryan Anderson leads the offense with a .404 average at the plate and co-leads the team in hits (21) and triples (1)…
• Second baseman Caleb Van Blake holds a team-high 16 RBI and shares the top spot for homeruns (2) alongside Logan Denholm and Ryan Hooper
• Tied with Van Blake at five doubles on the season so far, Alex Aguiar also leads the team with five hit-by-pitch at bats…
• Freshman Tanner Murray hopes to continue a three-game hitting streak after recording one of two hits for UC Davis in game one of the Aggies series at Oregon…
Daniel Barraza (1-1, 2.70) earned his first save of the season against then-ranked No. 21 St. John’s and leads the pitching staff with 12 strikeouts…
• Senior Ryan Hooper slugged a grand slam off the left field foul post in the Aggies’ 10-6 victory over No. 21 St. John’s to help UC Davis split the series and snap the Red Storm’s eight-game winning streak…
• UC Davis tied the program record for most runs scored in a game against Oregon (9) following a 9-7 victory on Sunday, the most since the Aggies came up short, 11-9, back on Mar. 27, 1977…
• For the first time in either program’s history, the Aggies and the Red Storm of St. John’s met on the diamond at Phil Swimley Field on Mar. 4…
• UC Davis could not seem to avoid the rain this month as the Aggies experienced three postponements at home—two while hosting St. John’s as well as a midweek meeting with Saint Mary’s— in addition to a fourth cancellation in the series opener at Oregon.

Recycled Notes

After hitting a team-high .833 at the plate in the Aggies’ road series victory over CSU Bakersfield, UC Davis senior shortstop Brad Pluschkell was named Big West Conference Field Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday (2/19). The conference nod marks the first player of the week award for the Aggies this season and first in Pluschkell’s career. The Pleasanton, Calif. native began his 2018 campaign 4-for-4 with two runs scored in the Aggies’ 8-1 road victory over CSU Bakersfield, followed by a second 4-for-4 effort in game two as Pluschkell scored one to help the Aggies to a 15-1 win, then wrapped up the series finale 2-for-4 with an on-base percentage of .846 and .917 slugging percentage. In addition to a nod from the conference, Pluschkell was also named Madness Big West Baseball Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

Freshman right-hander Jared Sasaki made his official debut on the mound in the ninth inning of the Aggies’ season-opener against CSU Bakersfield (Feb.16), throwing one inning of hitless, scoreless relief to help UC Davis to its 8-1 victory to jumpstart the 2018 season. Also making his collegiate debut as an Aggie was redshirt freshman Spencer Gedestad, who was 2-for-4 in the season opener. Freshman right-hander Brett Erwin made his first appearance in the Aggies’ 15-1 victory over Bakersfield after allowing no runs on three hits across three innings of work, while freshman Tanner Murray is still looking for his first career hit after appearing in games two and three of the series. In the finale against the Roadrunners, freshman Joseph Myers earned his first career start at third base, while right-handed freshman Ryan Rodriguez pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two in the process. Junior transfers Alex Trautner (Cabrillo College) and Joseph Torres (Glendale Community College) both appeared on the mound in the Aggies’ home opener against No. 13 Stanford earlier in the week on Feb. 19. Fellow junior transfer Dylan Spezia (Sierra College) made his debut on the mound during game two of the Aggies’ series against Creighton.

UC Davis looks to rebound off a 2017 season that saw the Aggies finish 21-30 overall and 10-14 in Big West play in 2017. Returning 18 letter winners and five starters in the field from last season’s squad, while welcoming nine newcomers and four junior college transfers, the Aggies skew young for the 2018 season. UC Davis brings back two of its top hitters from last year, including All-Big West second team selection Ryan Hooper. The senior outfielder finished second on the team with a .310 average to go along with 30 runs scored, six home runs, and 29 RBI. He stood second only to junior teammate Ryan Anderson, who led the Aggies with a .313 average in 51 games, collecting 14 doubles, six home runs and a team-high 39 RBI, collecting hits in 19 consecutive games at one point to tie the school's Division I record. Fellow returning senior Alex Aguiar started 46 of 50 games last season, posting 14 doubles, scoring 26 runs, and driving in 17. On the mound, UC Davis will look to rebuild its weekend rotation after left-handers Robert Garcia (15th round, Kansas City) and Orlando Razo (16th round, Seattle) were taken in last year's Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, and right-hander Justin Mullins (4-3, 3.55 ERA) was lost to graduation. Senior right-hander Matt Blais paces the pitching staff this season after finishing 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 58.1 innings of work in 2017.

UC Davis is set to play 13 of its games against five teams that advanced to last season’s NCAA Tournament, including Big West rival, Cal State Fullerton, who also participated in the College World Series. The Titans went 3-0 to sweep the Stanford Regional as the second seed, then went 2-1 against archrival Long Beach State in the super regional. In the College World Series, Fullerton was edged, 6-5, by the No. 1 seed Oregon State, then lost, 6-4, to Florida State in the elimination game.  

Among the other post-season qualifiers, the Aggies will play three at home against St. John's (No. 3 seed in the Clemson Regional) on Mar. 2-4 as well as a home-and-home with Causeway rival Sacramento State (No. 4 seed in the Stanford Regional) first at home on April 17, then on the road on May 8, and a home-and-home with Stanford (No. 1 seed in the Stanford Regional) as the Aggies open play at Phil Swimley Field on Feb. 19 then at Klein Field on April 10. Sandwiched in-between games against the Hornets, UC Davis will travel to face conference foe Long Beach State (No. 1 seed in the Long Beach Regional) on April 27-29, then turnaround to face Fullerton (No. 2 seed in the Stanford Regional) on May 4-6 at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium. 

UC Davis baseball head coach Matt Vaughn announced the signing of five high schoolers along with three junior college transfers to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at UC Davis beginning in the 2019 season. The all-California group includes local talents Jake Jordan (Elk Grove, Calif./Elk Grove HS), Cooper Morrison (El Cerrito, Calif./Albany HS), and Nathan Peng (Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga HS), in addition to Southern California standout Cade Wesolowsky (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla Country Day School) and Bakersfield, Calif. native, Jalen Smith (Stockdale HS). Cooper Morrison (El Cerrito, Calif./Albany HS) is entering his second year at Reedley College, while Justin Smith (Roseville, Calif./Woodcreek HS) is beginning his second year at Yuba College, and Wyatt Tucker (Blue Lake, Calif./Acata HS) will enter his second season at the College of San Mateo.

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According to a vote of the league’s coaches, Cal State Fullerton, who finished third in the conference, is picked to stand atop the 2018 league standings after picking up six first-place votes en route to a total of 73 points. Long Beach State earned the second slot with 65 points and two first-place votes, while Cal Poly was selected third with 64 points. UC Santa Barbara was selected fourth (49), followed by CSUN in fifth (48), UC Irvine received the final first-place vote and 43 points, followed by Hawai’i in seventh (27), UC Riverside (26), and UC Davis (10).

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and animal science programs.

Season tickets for UC Davis softball and baseball are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at UCDavisAggies.com.

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