Eighth Inning Suicide Squeeze
Leads to Aggies 4-3 Win Over Pacific
by Editor, Rick
UC Davis’ Izaak Silva
scored on an eighth inning suicide squeeze giving the Aggies a 4-3 lead, which proved to be the
winning run against University of the Pacific this afternoon at Dobbins
Aggies' Izaak Silva, shown earlier this month
against the Hornets, scored the winning run on a suicide squeeze play in the
eighth inning today as UC Davis defeated Pacific 4-3.
File photo Rick Cabral.
With storm clouds brewing in the West, and 20-mile-per-hour winds
blowing in the hitter’s face, Silva led off the eighth inning and smashed a triple over the
right fielder’s head that bounced against the wall under the flagpoles. One out later, when John
Williams squared around, Silva crashed hard from third base and scored easily when the squeeze
bunt was fielded by Pacific pitcher Taylor Johnson (0-1), who had no choice but to throw out
Williams at first base.
That gave the Aggies a 4-3
lead and held up when closer Zach Stone relieved starter Spencer Koopmans in the ninth
But not before Pacific made
things interesting by drawing a one-out walk by pinch hitter J.P. Yakel. Tigers head coach Ed
Sprague sent in pinch runner Jimmy Boras (Jesuit High) and sent him to second on the first
pitch. Silva, the catcher, gunned down Boras for the second out. Stone then fanned the final
batter to preserve the victory for UC Davis (23-16-1) and earn his eighth save.
Koopmans (5-3) pitched
eight innings, allowing five hits and three walks. Only one of the three Pacific runs was
earned, as Aggies’ second baseman Tino Lipson made two consecutive errors in the third inning,
leading to two Tigers scores that inning.
Lipson made up for his
infield gaffes by going 2-for-4, and starting two of the defense’s 4-6-3 double plays on
Pacific (9-30) opened the
scoring with a run in the second, but the Aggies came back to tally two runs in the bottom of
the second off starter Jake Jenkins. Cameron Olson (who had two hits today) tripled to right
center field, scoring Austin March, and Williams hit a single to shortstop which plated Olson
for a 2-1 UC Davis lead.
After the game, assistant
head coach Tony Schifano said the suicide squeeze was an easy call as “Johnny (Williams) can
really handle the bat. I gave him one pitch to hit, and we said ‘whether it’s a ball or a
strike, we’re going to squeeze on the next pitch.’” Schifano credited Silva who scored on the
play. “Izaak’s timing on the pitch was tremendous.”
Silva, who is the team’s
leading hitter with a .368 batting average, commented on the Aggie’s recent downturn due to
injuries. “It took us a little while to regain our identity, but we’ve had a couple of good
wins. Things are getting loose, and we’re getting back to (winning ways).”
On Tuesday, UC Davis won in
walk-off fashion 6-5 in the ninth inning over Santa Clara at home. Today’s victory meant another
close, one-run margin.
Silva said the eighth
inning triple “was awesome,” but conceded he was more pumped at his previous at bat. In the
sixth inning, Nick Lynch hita leadoff double, his 21st of the season, making him
the NCCAA Division I co-leader. Silva moved Lynch to third with a fielder’s choice to
the right side.
“Coach let me swing away
rather than bunt, and I got him over. Having a good approach there helped in my last at bat,
because you build confidence with at bats like that one.”
When Silva came to the
plate in the eighth inning, the Pacific outfielders once again were playing shallow, due to
the strong winds blowing from the southwest. Silva’s blow was one of four that sailed over the
Tigers outfielder’s heads this afternoon.
Silva, the scrappy senior
from Soquel, admitted that batting with the wind in the face makes it hard on the
hitter, but “it’s one of those things that’s going to happen and you don’t try to change your
swing. You’re just trying to shoot holes and get on
His blast found a big hole
in right center field, and Silva ended up scoring the winning run in a victory that will boost
confidence in the Aggies’ locker room.
Overlooked in the loss was
the fine pitching by Tigers’ starter Jenkins (2-6), who scattered nine hits over seven innings,
allowing three earned runs. Entering today’s game with a 8.48 earned run average, he dropped his
ERA more than one point today.
The scene now shifts to
Stockton where the Tigers will host two non-conference games tomorrow and Sunday at Klein Family
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SAC STATE OPENS SERIES
AT NORTH DAKOTA WITH 5-1 WIN
(Sac State Media Relations)
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senior Brennan Leitao allowed just one run and two hits
over six innings and senior Scotty Burcham had three hits to lead the Hornets offense in a 5-1 win
over North Dakota on Friday afternoon.
With the win Sacramento State (22-19, 9-7 WAC) moved one game ahead of North
Dakota (14-20, 8-8 WAC) and opened a stretch of nine road games in 10 days with a victory.
Leitao picked up his fourth win of the year after allowing just three base
runners in six innings of work. With four strikeouts Leitao moved past former Hornet pitcher Roland
DeLaMazza into third place in program history with 209 career strikeouts.
FRESNO STATE SHUTS OUT HORNETS 8-0 AT RALEY FIELD
A committee of Fresno State (20-21) pitchers shut out Sacramento State 8-0 tonight at Raley
The Hornets (21-19) managed just five hits against five Bulldogs hurlers, with starter R. Thomas
(2-1) notching the win after giving up four hits.
Reliever Grant Kukuk (2-3), who allowed just one run in two innings of work, took the loss for
Sacramento State. With the Bulldogs up by only 1-0 in the eighth inning, Hornets' pitcher Chad
Perry (Marysville High) allowed five earned runs in his one inning of work.
The loss also marks the first time that Sac State's leading hitter Nathan Lukes (Center High)
failed to reach base this season. Lukes, WHO went 0-for-4, is now hitting .361 overall.
Sac State hits the road this weekend for a three-game series against North Dakota, followed by two
games at Iowa and one at Notre Dame before visiting Chicago State on Friday, May 1.
(UCDavis Media Relations)
DAVIS, Calif. -- For the third time this season, senior outfielder Austin March came
up with runners in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth and did not disappoint, smashing a
single through the right side to plate teammate Nick Lynch all the
way from second base, sending UC Davis home with a 6-5 walk-off win over San Jose State on Tuesday
afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
The win improved the Aggies to 22-16-1 overall, putting them one win shy of last year's win
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Cosumnes River Hands Delta
Second Loss of Season, 8-1
by Editor Rick
With their ace pitcher
Cameron Leeper resting a tired arm, Delta College dropped just its second game of the season 8-1
to Cosumnes River College at Cecchetti Field in Stockton.
And the best hitting team
in the Big-8 conference trumped the best pitching staff in the state.
The Hawks were more than
happy to see Leeper, who is 11-0 with 91 strikeouts on the bench, as CSR is fighting for a
second place finish in the Big-8, which Delta wrapped up last week. Cosumnes River
Cosumnes River scored three
times in the first inning off starter Tucker McPhaul, who was erratic from the starter. Hawks
leadoff hitter Devin Pettingill drew a walk. With one out Alex Fitchett was hit by a pitch.
Cleanup hitter Logan Marston singled to load the bases.
Lefthander Tyler Blake, was
plunked—the second batter in the inning—to plate the Hawks first run. Fitchett scored on a
passed ball for a second run, and Chris Nicholson’s fielder’s choice made it 3-0.
Hawks pitcher Matt Stafford allowed one run in four innings
Hawks starter Matt Stafford
struggled early as well. Coming into today’s game, Stafford had only thrown 10+ innings this
year. When he went 3-0 on leadoff hitter Ryan Smith, Cosumnes River immediately got the bullpen
going. Smith hit a laser off the third baseman’s leg and eventually scored on Collin Theroux’
RBI single to make it 3-1.
But Stafford settled down
and shutout the Mustangs for three more innings.
In the second inning, the
Hawks picked up where they left off when McPhaul hit the leadoff batter. Gabe Abelia. When he
walked number-nine hitter Trevor Ray, the Mustangs brought in reliever Jacob Rosales. Rosales
mishandled a sacrifice bunt by Pettingill, and the Hawks again had the bases
Andre Gregory singled up
the middle to score one run. Rosales then hit Fitchett in the foot to plate the fifth CSR run,
making it four hit batters in less than two innings. Marston shot an RBI single through the
infield and a fielder choice by Blake added two more runs. Fitchett scored on a wild pitch
to make it eight runs in just two innings. The number-one ranked (PerfectGame) community college
team in the nation trailed 8-1.
And that was
Cosumnes River (23-11/13-6
Big-8) did all that damage on just as many hits (four) as hit batters.
Brett Elgin (7-2) relieved
Stafford in the fifth inning and pitched four innings of shutout ball for the victory, allowing
the Mustangs just two hits. Austin Ales pitched a shutout ninth inning.
The two teams meet again
Thursday at the Hawks' home park.
Sac State Comeback Foils San
(Sac State Media
The Hornets mounted a four-run ninth inning
rally to come from behind and beat University of San Francisco in the City today
Freshman Dan Deely, who had the go ahead RBI
hit in the ninth inning, went 3-for-5 in the game with three RBI for his first career 3-hit
Junior Chris Lewis and sophomore Brandon
Hunley (Christian Brothers) each had two hits. Hunley had two of four Sacramento State doubles and
Nathan Lukes (Center High) and Vinny Esposito (Granite Bay High) each scored
Senior Jake Stassi (Yuba
City High) gave the Hornets a strong start, allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and
three strikeouts over five innings. Junior Tyler Beardsley also pitched well in relief, allowing
just one run on four hits in three innings to pick up his first Hornet win.
Sutter McLoughlin (Rio
Americano) earned his sixth save of the season.
Sacramento State plays
again tomorrow night hosting Fresno State at 6:35 p.m. at Raley Field.
Hawks Travel to Stockton to Tangle
with Near-Perfect Mustangs
PLACE ON THE LINE IN IN BIG-8 CONFERENCE
by Editor, Rick
There’s a big community
college matchup in Stockton today, as Delta hosts Cosumnes River College in the final regular
series of the season.
Delta leads the state with
a 31-1 overall record and has clinched the Big-8 Conference championship with a 17-1 mark.
Cosumnes River, which nipped Sac City 8-7 on Friday to improve to 12-6, is tied with Santa Rosa
for second place.
On Friday Delta beat Diablo
Valley 1-0 as Colin Theroux knocked in Jacob Thomas on a first inning fielder’s choice and
pitcher Rick Delgado through a three-hit shutout to claim the Mustangs’ 31st victory. Delgado,
who struck out nine while walking one, is now 7-0.
But that nail-biter wasn't
as harrowing as it once might have been. Two weekends
ago Sacramento City College pasted the Mustangs 7-1 at Cecchetti Field with their first
loss of the season.
Delta had won its first 28
games, and are ranked No. 1 in the nation by Perfect Game (perfectgame.org).
Starting for Delta today is
lefthander Cameron Leeper (Grant High), who is second in the state with a
perfect 11-0 record and tied for first with 91 strikeouts. His 1.59 earned run average is third
best among California CC pitchers, as is his 10.32 strikeout-per-game ratio. Teammate Dean
Kremer is 9-0 with a 1.82 ERA.
The Mustangs' only Top
10 conference hitter is Kris Bartlett (.333). As a team they’re hitting .272, tied for
second in the Big-8.
By contrast, the Hawks .311
team batting average leads the Big-8 as they claim six of the Top 10 hitters with Alex Fitchett
(.361), Trevor Ray (.348), Andre Gregory (.344), Nico Toni (.336), Tyler Blake and Devin
Pettengill (both .333).
This is big game and
should be a good 'un.
Duvall Tabbed PCL Hitter of
the Week (Ending Apr. 19)
Adam Duvall, Sacramento
(.457/.480/.870, 11 G, 21-for-46, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 11 R, 3 BB, 12 K)
Giants farmhand Adam
Duvall—who last night became the first River Cats player to hit for the cycle—was named Pacific
Coast League Hitter of the Week today.
River Cats' Adam Duvall
Yesterday, Duvall went
5-for-6 with two doubles, a triple and a homer, while batting in four runs.
The Giants' No. 19 prospect sits atop the PCL in hits (21), homers (four), slugging percentage
(.870) and OPS (1.350) and ranks in the top three in average (.457, second), RBI (14, second) and
runs (11, tied for third).
Last season at Fresno,
Duvall was two ticks shy of batting .300 while hitting 27 home runs and 90 RBI in 91 games and
359 at bats. His slugging percentage was .599.
By comparison the Cubs
All-World rookie Kris Bryant, who played 70 games and 297 innings at Triple-A Iowa last season,
batted .295 with 21 home runs, 52 RBI and a slugging percentage of .691. On Friday, the Cubs
brought up Bryant to the majors where he is now their everyday third baseman.
Duvall Hits For First Cycle In River Cats History
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –Sacramento River Cats third basemen and clean-up hitter Adam Duvall hit for
the first cycle in River Cats franchise history in a 15-7 rout of the Salt Lake Bees Sunday
afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake.
Duvall was 5-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs on the afternoon.
SACRAMENTO STATE POWERS PAST CSU BAKERSFIELD 7-4 IN SERIES FINALE
(Sac State Media
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Freshman first baseman Vinny Esposito hit a pair of home runs and junior
Nathan Lukes went 4-for-4 and reached base five times to ignite the Hornet offense in a 7-4 win
over CSU Bakersfield in the series finale.
Sacramento State (20-18, 8-7 WAC) totaled seven extra base hits among its 13 knocks in the game
after being held scoreless in the first two games of the series. Sophomore Justin Dillon also threw
five strong innings in the win, which snapped a nine-game winning streak for CSU Bakersfield
(22-15-1, 10-4-1 WAC).
"I was proud of how we bounced back," Sacramento Sate head coach Reggie Christiansen said. "I
thought yesterday was kind of a low point in the season for us and it was important for our guys to
come back out here on Sunday and salvage the series. I was proud of the effort we gave and we
talked after the game that its one thing to do it once but we need to find a way to be more
Esposito had his first career multi-homer game, hitting a two-run home run to left in the fifth
inning and blasting a solo shot off the scoreboard in the seventh. He has hit three home runs in
his last five games with a team-high five homers overall this year.
Sophomore Brandon Hunley and junior Chris Lewis also had two-hit games on Sunday as the Hornets got
contributions throughout the lineup. Hunley's two hits were a double and an RBI triple and
sophomore Gunner Pollman also had a double. Lukes recorded his fourth career four-hit game and his
second of the season, doubling twice and also drawing a walk to reach base in all five of his
Sacramento State matched its season high of seven extra-base hits a week after scoring 13 runs on
seven extra-base hits last Sunday at Utah Valley. CSU Bakersfield's starting pitchers in the first
two games of the series held the Hornets scoreless on just six singles before the bats came alive
Dillon allowed just four hits and one run over five innings to match sophomore Sam Long with a
team-high five wins. Senior Ty Nichols allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in three innings
before junior closer Sutter McLoughlin finished the game in a non-save situation.
Sacramento State will play two midweek games in the coming week, playing at San Francisco at 2 p.m.
Tuesday before hosting Fresno State at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday night at Raley Field.
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Aggies Drop Game 6-3 and Series to UC Irvine
(UC Davis Media Relations)
IRVINE, Calif. --
A three-run fourth inning erased a two-run deficit for host UC Irvine, and the No. 19 Anteaters
stranded 11 UC Davis baserunners on the day, rallying to win the series with a 6-3 victory over the
Aggies in the finale on Sunday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.
Despite collecting 10 hits -- four of those going for extra bases -- UC Davis fell to 21-16-1
overall and 5-7 in Big West Conference action. UC Irvine improved to 23-13 and 10-2 with the
Senior Nick Lynch finished with a game-high three hits, while Tino Lipson was 2-for-5 with a double, notching his fourth consecutive
multi-hit game. Senior catchr Izaak Silva, who also finished with a pair of hits, extended his
hitting streak to a team-high eight games.
Starter Max Cordy (McClatchy) gave up three earned runs in less than four innings of work, taking
his second loss of the season. He is now 7-2 on the year.
The Aggies won the first game of the series on Friday 8-3, then dropped a 12-inning game 4-3
UC Davis takes a break from Big West play next week, hosting San Jose State in a non-conference
mid-week contest on Tuesday (April 21) at 2:30 p.m., before taking on former league rival Pacific
in a three-game series beginning on Friday (April 24) at 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.