Feb. 16, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis starter Spencer Koopmans threw six and a third innings, holding Washington to one run on two hits, and shortstop Evan Heptig provided some thump from the bottom of the order with two doubles and four RBI in in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Dobbins Stadium, one that the Aggies captured, 6-5. Unfortunately for UC Davis, the team came up short in earning a Saturday sweep, falling to the visiting Huskies, 3-2 in an seven-inning non-conference matchup.
With the day's results, UC Davis is now 2-1 overall, Washington is 1-2.
In Gm. 1, UC Davis sacrificed a five run lead late in the game, but scored the winning run in its half of the eighth. In his inaugural at-bat as an Aggie, pinch-hitter Steven Patterson lined a single off the Washington pitcher to reach base. Heptig advanced Patterson to second during his at-bat, and Tino Lipson singled off the glove of the diving Husky third basemen Alex Schmidt to plate Patterson from second.
By throwing two scoreless innings, pitcher Max Cordy earned his first win of the year.
The Aggies got on the board first, as third basement Paul Politi doubled to center field to plate second basemen Lipson. UC Davis added onto its lead in the second as Heptig knocked his first double of the game, scoring Spencer Henderson.
The Aggies broke out for three runs on their half of the sixth, taking advantage of a Husky error. Designated Hitter Nick Lynch reached on a throwing error by Washington shortstop Ty Afenir. An intentional walk to Henderson, and an infield single by catcher Izaak Silva loaded the bases for Heptig. The Lafayette, Calif. native drove a double to left center, clearing the bases in the process to give the Aggies a 5-0 advantage.
Koopmans provided stability on the hill, tossing 6.1, one-run innings. The righty struck out six Huskies over three walks and two hits. Washington finally got to Koopmans in the seventh as a Trevor Mitsui double forced UC Davis into its bullpen.
The Huskies tied the game in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of an Aggie error. Cordy came in and stopped the rally en route to the victory.
In an abbreviated second game, the Huskies turned an early hit-by-pitch into a two-run scoring opportunity to earn a lead would possess for the rest of the game.
The Aggies responded promptly, scoring both of their runs in the bottom of the first with a two-out rally. Politi and left fielder Mike Mazzara singled, Lynch reached via a hit by pitch and Steven Patterson continued his strong Aggie debut, singling to right center, plating two.
The UC Davis lead was short lived as Washington scored twice in the top of the second behind a Joe Meggs double to take a 3-2 lead en route to the victory.
After the early-game runs, both sides' pitchers settled down, giving up just two hits over the final six and a third innings. Husky Nick Palewicz earned the win and Tyler Kane got the save. Aggie pitcher Ben Burke was tagged with the loss.
UC Davis and Washington will conclude their season-opening tilt Sunday at 1 pm at Dobbins Stadium. Tickets are available through tickets.ucdavis.edu.