Aggies Split a Pair of 4-3 Decisions in Saturday Twinbill

Junior catcher Izaak Silva drove home the winning run with a one-out double to right in Saturday's 4-3 win over Seattle.
 
Junior catcher Izaak Silva drove home the winning run with a one-out double to right in Saturday's 4-3 win over Seattle.
 

Feb. 15, 2014

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Seniors Seth Batty and Adam Young each finished with four hits and host UC Davis got a pair of solid performances from their two starters on the day, but the Aggies could only manage a split of their Saturday twinbill with visiting Seattle, using a late-inning rally to take game one, 4-3, before falling in extra innings by the same score in the nightcap at Dobbins Stadium.

The results moved UC Davis to 1-2 overall on the season while the Redhawks improved to 2-1 with their game-two victory, ensuring them of at least a split of the season-opening series. The two teams conclude the weekend's four-game set on Sunday (Feb. 16) at 1 p.m.

After being held to just four hits in the opener on Friday, the Aggies' offense caught fire on Saturday, combining for 18 hits in the doubleheader, including a season-high 12 in the first game of the day.

GAME 1: UC DAVIS 4, SEATTLE 3
Izaak Silva's one-out double to right center in the sixth plated Kevin Barker with the go-ahead run and junior Raul Jacobson pitched three innings of stellar relief to earn the win as the Aggies held off the Redhawks in the ninth en route to the 4-3 win.

Four UC Davis hitters finished with multiple hits on the day, including a 3-for-4 performance by Adam Young in support of three Aggie hurlers, who combined on a three-hitter. Jacobson (1-0) earned the win, working into the ninth allowing just one run on one hit in relief of starter Spencer Koopmans, who went five innings, allowing just two runs on two hits in the no-decision.

Junior Craig Lanza closed out the ninth for his first save of the year, stranding the tying run on base to end the game.

Andrew Olson (0-1), the first of three pitchers on the day for Seattle, was charged with the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits, walking one and striking out two.

The Aggies rallied from two runs down after Cullen Hendrickson's first home run of the year gave the Redhawks the early lead. UC Davis drew even with a single run in the second when a throw trying to get Barker at third sailed into left field made it 2-1, and Seth Batty's RBI single in the fifth plated Adam Young to tie it.

That set the stage for Silva and the Aggies in the sixth as UC Davis plated a pair. Austin March and Barker led off with back-to-back singles and, after a fielder's choice, Silva laced the second pitch he saw from Olson into the gap in right centerfield to bring Barker home from second for a 3-2 advantage and chase Olson from the game.

Young then followed with a bouncer through the left side to score Mason Novak to extend the lead to 4-2 and plate an important insurance run as Seattle rallied back in the ninth.

A lead-off walk to Chase Field chased Jacobson from the game for Lanza, who induced Hendrickson into a fly ball for out number one. Fields stole second and, after a walk to Grant Newton, moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch for Brian Olson, who looped a ball into short left field that was caught on the run by Tino Lipson with his back to the infield, deep enough to bring Fields home and make it 4-3.

However, Lanza wriggled off the hook, catching Brian McCann looking at strike three for the final out.

Batty finished 2-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice, Barker finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, and Silva added a pair of hits, to help power an offense that banged out a season-high 12 hits -- the most for the Aggies since they finished with 22 hits in a win at Saint Mary's on May 14 of last season. Three different hitters finished with singles for Seattle while Fields scored a pair of runs.

GAME 2: SEATTLE 4, UC DAVIS 3 (9 inn.)
Chase Fields' squeeze with one out in the ninth plated Landon Cray with the go-ahead run and closer Will Dennis set the side down in order in the bottom half of the inning as visiting Seattle rallied for four runs in the final three innings to steal a 4-3 win in the nightcap.

Freshman Zach Stone (0-1) suffered the loss in his first collegiate appearance, allowing a run on a hit while striking out one in 1 1/3 innings of work. Dennis (1-0), who earned a save in Friday's season opener, nailed down his first win of the season, allowing just one hit and striking out one in two innings of work.

An Austin March RBI single in the first and a two-run single up the middle by Steven Patterson in the fifth gave the Aggies an early lead against Redhawks starter Austin Hansen, who was charged with three runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings en route to a no decision in his first career start. However, Seattle, which was held hitless by UC Davis starter Evan Wolf through 4 2/3 innings before a ringing single to right by Cray, rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to tie it -- two of those coming after being down to their final strike in the final scheduled inning.

Seattle loaded the bases against Wolf on a hit batter and back-to-back singles by Sam Finfer and Brock Carpenter to bring up Colin Peterson, who muscled out to centerfield to score pinch runner Austen Brand to make it 3-1. A second fly ball to center gave the Aggies two outs and Wolf had pinch hitter Michael McCann down to his last strike before drawing a walk to reload the bases. Fields followed by drawing another walk to drive home Finfer and Cullen Hendrickson was hit by the second pitch from Wolf to tie the game at three and complete the comeback.

Wolf, who was charged with three runs on three hits while striking out five in seven innings of work, wriggled away from any further damage by getting Grant Newton to pop out and end the threat.

The Aggies went down in order in the seventh and both teams went quietly in the eighth to set the stage for Seattle's winning rally in the ninth. Cray led-off by lacing a double down the left field line and was sacrificed to third by McCann against reliever Zach Stone. Zach Williams then came in from the bullpen for UC Davis to face Fields, who promptly laid down a squeeze on a 1-1 pitch, allowing Fields to race home with the go-ahead score.

Entering his second inning of work, Dennis then got a strikeout and a pair of ground balls to first base to end the game.

Batty finished 2-for-3 with a run scored as one of five Aggies with hits on the day, while Cray finished 2-for-4 to lead the Redhawks.

UC Davis 4, Seattle 3 (Feb 15, 2014 at Davis, Calif.) (Game 1)
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Seattle............. 200 000 001  -  3  3  1      (1-1)
UC Davis............ 010 012 00X  -  4 12  0      (1-1)
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Pitchers: Seattle - Andrew Olson; Ted Hammond(6); Garrett Anderson(8) and Sam Finfer.
UC Davis - Koopmans, Spencer; Jacobson, Raul(6); Lanza, Craig(9) and Silva, Izaak.
Win-Jacobson, Raul(1-0)  Save-Lanza, Craig(1)  Loss-Andrew Olson(0-1)  T-2:41  A-0
HR SU - Cullen Hendrickson (1).
Jacobson faced 1 batter in the 9th.

Seattle 4, UC Davis 3 (Feb 15, 2014 at Davis, Calif.) (Game 2)
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Seattle............. 000 000 301  -  4  5  1      (2-1)
UC Davis............ 100 020 000  -  3  6  2      (1-2)
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Pitchers: Seattle - Austin Hansen; Grant Gunning(5); Will Dennis(8) and Brian Olson; Michael McCann. UC Davis - Wolf, Evan; Stone, Zach(8); Williams, Zach(9) and Brann, Spencer; Silva, Izaak.
Win-Will Dennis(1-0)  Loss-Stone, Zach(0-1)  T-2:44  A-426