UC Davis Splits Doubleheader with Sacramento State

Paul Politi hit a solo home run in the sixth inning in the first game Sunday. (Wayne Tilcock)
Paul Politi hit a solo home run in the sixth inning in the first game Sunday. (Wayne Tilcock)

Feb. 20, 2011

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis baseball team split a doubleheader against crosstown rival Sacramento State Sunday in the season opener for both teams at Dobbins Baseball Complex in Davis.

Despite home runs from Scott Lyman and Paul Politi, the Aggies dropped the first game by a narrow 4-3 decision, but came back to edge the Hornets in the second game, scoring the winning run in the eighth inning to claim a 1-0 victory.

Both teams move to 1-1 on the season.

"I'm really happy with the way we pitched in both games and I'm happy with the way we played defense. We didn't make an error all day," said ninth-year head coach Rex Peters. "You do those two things and you're going to give yourself a chance to win. We'll get better at the plate. It's early in the year and guys are getting used to seeing live pitching and those things, but I'm happy with the way we pitched and played defense and that's what we have to do to win."

In the first game, Sacramento State put three runs on the board after Derrick Chung's double to center field scored Andrew Ayers, then designated hitter Derek Goodwin doubled to left field to bring home Chung and Trevor Paine.

Lyman brought the Aggies to within one run with his two run shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the third inning, which brought home Popkins who reached first via a single to center field.

Sacramento State picked up a run in the top of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead. Chung singled to start the inning, then moved to second on a single from Blake Miller and third on a wild pitch by Aggie pitcher Dayne Quist. Chung crossed home plate on Goodwin's ground out to third, and David Del Grande flied out to end the inning.

Politi responded with a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning, which also sailed over the left field wall, but Sacramento State would hold off UC Davis for the 4-3 win.

In six solid innings of work, Quist struck out eight Hornet batters and gave up four runs on seven hits before being relieved by David Popkins. Quist overcame the first inning and proceeded to strike out the side in the second inning, then retired six straight over the fourth and fifth innings.

The second game of the doubleheader remained a defensive battle as neither side would relinquish a run. Sacramento State had a chance in the fifth inning when Eli Davis got on base after being hit by Anthony Kupbens' pitch. Justin Higley followed that with a double through the gap into left field. Davis rounded third and headed for home, but a strong throw from freshman shortstop Adam Young reached Aggie catcher Alex Dreyfuss in plenty of time to get Davis out at home.

UC Davis' solid pitching also came up big for the Aggies in the seventh inning when Scotty Walker entered the game for Kupbens. Paine singled to start the inning, but Walker quickly retired the next two batters. He would find himself with the bases loaded with two outs after hitting Turner and walking Davis, but Walker struck out Higley to get the Aggies out of the jam.

The Aggies would score their winning run in the eighth inning, after Daniel Cepin led off with a single up the middle. Scott Heylman moved Cepin to second with a well-placed sacrifice bunt up the first base line and Popkins sent Cepin to third with a single into left field. Lyman's hit into right field easily brought Cepin home to give UC Davis the 1-0 lead.

Senior righty Tom Briner was called in to close the game out for UC Davis, and he quickly put away the Hornets' final batters for his first save of the year.

Politi led the Aggies offensively, hitting 3-for-8 with the home run. Scott Lyman was 3-for-6 with 3 RBI and a run.

Kupbens recorded six strikeouts in his start in game two.

UC Davis and Sacramento State close out the three-game series Monday at John Smith Field on the campus of Sacramento State. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

Game 1

Sacramento State 300 001 000 - 4 8 1 UC Davis 002 001 000 - 3 10 0

Tanner Mendonca, James Chamberlin (7) and Derrick Chung. Dayne Quist, David Popkins (7) and Scott Kalush. Win - Mendonca, 1-0. Loss - Quist, 0-1. Save - Chamberlin (1). Hitters: Sacramento State - Andrew Ayers, 1x4; Kirby Young, 1x4; Derrick Chung, 2x4, 2B, RBI, SB; Blake Miller, 2x4; Derek Goodwin, 2x4, 2B, 2RBI; Eli Davis, 1x3. UC Davis: Scott Heylman, 1x5; Daniel Cepin, 2x5, SB; David Popkins, 1x3; Scott Lyman, 1x3, HR, 2RBI; Paul Politi, 3x4, HR, RBI; Scott Kalush, 1x3; Seth Batty, 1x4.

Game 2

Sacramento State 000 000 000 - 0 4 2 UC Davis 000 000 010 - 1 6 0

Sam Kuykendall, Andrew Galvan (6) and Derrick Chung. Anthony Kupbens, Scott Walker (7), Joe Biagini (8), Tom Briner (9) and Alex Dreyfuss. Win - Biagini, 1-0. Loss - Galvan (0-1). Save - Briner (1). Hitters: Sacramento State - Trevor Paine, 2x4; Derek Goodwin, 1x3; Justin Higley, 1x3, 2B. UC Davis - Daniel Cepin, 1x4; David Popkins, 1x4; Scott Lyman, 2x3, RBI; Eric Johnson, 1x4.