Feb. 16, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Spencer Koopmans threw a solid 6-1/3 innings in the opener and shortstop Evan Heptig had two doubles and 4 RBI's in the Aggies' 6-5 opening game win, while the visiting Huskies gained a split with a 3-2 win in the nightcap of the nonconference twinbill at Dobbins Stadium on Saturday.
UC Davis is 2-1 after three games of the opening-season series while Washington is 1-2. Nick Palewicz went five innings and allowed just four hits to earn the win in the seven-inning second game.
In game 1, UC Davis surrendered a late five-run lead, but scored the winning run in its half of the eigth. In his first career at-bat for the Aggies, pinch-hitter Steven Patterson lined a single and was moved to second by Heptig. Tino Lipson then singled off the glove of diving third basemen Alex Schmidt to plate Patterson from second. UC Davis pitcher Max Cordy threw two scoreless innings en route to his first win of the year.
UC Davis scored the first five runs of the game, getting single runs in the first nd second innings for a quick 2-0 lead. Paul Politi doubled to center field to score Lipson with the first run while UC Davis Heptig knocked his first double of the game, scoring Spencer Henderson, for the second run.
The Aggies broke out for three runs in the sixth, taking advantage of a Husky error, an intentional walk, and an infield single by catcher Izaak Silva to load the bases for Heptig who cleared the bases with a double to center, making it 5-0.
Koopmans provided stability on the hill, tossing 6-1/3 innings. The righty struck out six Huskies while allowing just two hits and three walks. Washington finally got to Koopmans in the seventh whenTrevor Mitsui doubled. Alex Sachs relieved Koopmans but allowed RBI hits to Austin Rei, Andrew Ely and Braden Bishop as Washington cut the deficit to 5-3..
The Huskies tied the game in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of an Aggie error. Cordy came in and stopped the rally, setting up Lipson's heroics.
In an abbreviated second game, the Huskies got to UC Davis starter Ben Burke early. Burke hit Washington leadoff hitter Braden Bishop, who stole second and then scored on a flyout and an infield groundout.
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 after being hit and Patterson continued his strong Aggie debut, singling to right center to score Politi and Mazzari.
The UC Davis lead was short-lived as Washington scored twice in the top of the second behind 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. Palewicz earned the win by giving up just four hits and two runs while walking one and striking out one. Tyler Kane got the save with two scoreless innings.. Burke suffered 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.