Aggies look for San Francisco sweep on the road

May 14, 2018

ON DECK...
GAME 47: UC Davis (15-31, 7-14 BWC) at San Francisco (26-26, 15-12 WCC)
Tues., May 15, 2018
3:00 p.m. 
Benedetti Diamond
San Francisco, Calif.
Game Coverage: Live Stats

ON THE MOUND...
Probable starters for this week's game
Tuesday: RHP Alex Pham (0-2, 3.99 ERA vs. TBD)

DAVIS, Calif. -- The Aggies will look to continue their two-game streak against the Dons of San Francisco as they head to Benedetti Diamond for their final midweek matchup of the season on Tuesday (May 15) at 3 p.m.  

IN THE POLLS
Neither UC Davis, nor San Francisco, are ranked among the top 25 squads this week. 

ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco (26-26) kicked off its 2018 campaign with a series loss to the University of Texas, San Antonio before bouncing back with a two-game sweep of Sacramento State... The Dons opened West Coast Conference play with back-to-back sweeps of Pacific and Portland State... After taking two of three against San Diego and Saint Mary's, the Dons endured a three-game sweep by Loyola Marymount... San Francisco has already faced a Big West Conference member in UC Riverside, dropping a one-run battle in the opener before evening the series with a one-run victory in game two, then taking the series with a 4-1 win in the finale at the Riverside Sports Complex... Since falling in extra innings, 7-9, at Phil Swimley Field on Apr. 24, San Francisco has dropped their last three conference series to Santa Clara, Pepperdine, and BYU... Following Tuesday's mid-week battle against UC Davis, the Dons will conclude the regular season hosting Kansas State for a three-game set on May 17-19... One of three players on the roster to start in all 52 games, redshirt senior Michael Perri leads the offense with a .349 average at the plate along with team-highs in hits (73), doubles (20), home runs (8), and RBI (41)... Junior outfielder Jonathan Allen leads the Dons in runs scored at 44 as well as stolen bases (12-15)... As a staff, the Dons hold a 3.88 ERA with opponents averaging .246 against... Freshman right-hander Alex Pham (0-2, 3.99 ERA) has appeared in 20 games for the Dons this season, allowing 13 earned runs on 29 hits while walking 17 and striking out 22 over 29.1 innings of work, carrying a .254 average against. 

SERIES NOTES
According to records that date back to 1965, the Dons lead the overall series with UC Davis, 45-31-2, in addition to the Division I record, 9-5... The Aggies are 2-4 on the road since 2008, last traveling to Benedetti Diamond on March 24, 2015, when UC Davis blanked the Dons, 1-0... UC Davis topped San Francisco in an extra-inning battle earlier this season, as freshman Tanner Murray lifted the Aggies to a 9-7 win with a two-run homer in the 12th inning on Apr. 24.

STARTING NINE...


 

 

  • Senior RHP Matt Blais currently paces the Big West with four pickoffs on the season so far...
  • Junior Ryan Anderson holds the third-highest batting average in the conference with a team-high .340 average at the plate, behind Trevor Casanova of CSUN (.395) and Alex McKenna of Cal Poly (.344)...
  • Anderson finished 6-for-13 against Long Beach State with four extra-base hits, including two homers belted in the series finale, tying the Division I school record for homers in a single game--the seventh Aggie to do so in Division I era history and the first since Austin March recorded two homers at Pacific on Mar. 26, 2015...
  • Senior Ryan Hooper also chipped in with a three-run blast in the fourth--his fourth of the season--helping the Aggies tie the Division I program record for homers in a game for the 11th time in the Division I era in their finale win over the 49ers, 10-1... 
  • Hooper belted his fifth homer of the season on Sunday (May 13) during the finale at CSUN, tying the game 1-1 in the fourth inning...
  • Freshman Jared Sasaki tossed a quality start against the Matadors in game two of the series, charged with no earned runs and scattering eight hits over seven innings of work... 
  • Junior left-hander Chris Brown threw a career-high eight innings for UC Davis in its finale win over Long Beach on Apr. 29, allowing just one run on eight hits and striking out a pair en route to his third win of the season...
  • This weekend UC Davis will face the Lobos of New Mexico for the first time in program history, beginning Friday (May 18) at 6:30 p.m. at Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico... 
  • Including Tuesday's battle at San Francisco, the Aggies have just seven games remaining on the regular season schedule. 

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MURRAY SNAGS BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES - 4/9
After finishing 5-for-5 at the plate and tying the school record for doubles in a single game during the Aggies' 10-3 victory over Big West colleague, Hawai'i, freshman infielder Tanner Murray was named Big West Player of the Week as announced by the league on Monday, marking the second such accolade for the Aggies this season and the first in Murray's career. Murray is the eighth Aggie in the program's Division I era to collect at least five hits in a game--just one shy of the single game record set by David Popkins at CSU Bakersfield in 2012. He is also the first Aggie to tally three doubles in a single game since Nick Lynch tallied three at Santa Clara in 2015.

PLUSCHKELL NAMED BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK (2/19)
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.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB
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), providing UC Davis with one inning of hitless, scoreless relief to help the Aggies to an 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 earned his first career hit during the Aggies' doubleheader against No. 21 St. John's before his 10-game hitting streak came to an unfortunate end during the Aggies' first conference series of the season at UC Riverside. 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.

THE AGGIES AT A GLANCE
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.

ALL HANDS ON DECK
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. 

CAL STATE FULLERTON PICKED TO REPEAT IN BIG WEST POLL
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).

AGGIES WELCOME EIGHT FALL SIGNEES FOR 2019 SEASON
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.

ABOUT UC DAVIS
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.

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