Feb. 20, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
Outfielder John Williams had two triples, a double and four RBI's, and six Aggies had at least two hits each as UC Davis displayed offensive firepower with 23 hits in all during a 22-4 nonconference baseball win over San Jose State on Wednesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
UC Davis, which neared the school record for runs (26) and hits (26), won its second straight game and is off to a 4-1 start. The Spartans had three players with a pair of hits apiece but fell to 2-2.
The Aggies trailed 2-0 going into the bottom half of the first inning but then strung together four straight hits with two outs in their half of the frame, scoring three times and taking the lead for good.
"I think the big thing was that they put up two runs when we weren't quite ready to play," said UC Davis head coach Matt Vaughn. "We had two quick outs to start the bottom of the first. Then we got straight four hits. I know it doesn't look like it at the end, but I think that made the difference in the game for us to answer right there. From that point on, our guys were dialed in. "
UC Davis tacked on two more runs in the second, and leading 5-3 in the fourth, added three more. A five-run fifth and nine runs in the seventh broke the game open. The Aggies threatened the school record of 26 runs, last achieved against Pacific (Ore.) in 1999, the same game they knocked a school-best 26 hits. UC Davis also scored 26 runs in 1975 against Lewis & Clark.
Williams had triples in both the fourth and fifth innings, bringing around shortstop Evan Heptig on the first one, and then hitting another into the right-field corner that scored designated hitter Tino Lipson and catcher Spencer Brann. Williams finished 3 for 7 and scored four runs, matching third baseman Paul Politi and first baseman Nick Lynch for team-high hit honors. Politi, who stretched his hitting streak to 15 games going back to last season, added two RBI's while Lynch had one.
Williams picked up his double in the Aggies' two-run second inning.
Austin Logan, second baseman Steven Patterson and Heptig each collected a pair of hits, part of 14 Aggies who found the hit column against the Spartans. Patterson added two RBI's and was one of eight players that scored at least two runs. The Aggies had nine hits during the surge in the seventh inning. Cameron Olson and Tanner Bily each had two-run singles to help highlight the attack.
Five Aggie pitchers kept San Jose State in check after the first inning. Freshman Zach Williams scattered six hits while working into the fourth inning during his first career start, allowing only an unearned run after the first. Robert Parucha, Dan Gallagher, Cameron Law and C.J. Blom allowed just three hits the rest of the way with Parucha striking out four batters.
"Losing that many (pitchers) last year means our starters this year are relatively new," Vaughn said. "So our thing is that we'll do it with 12, 13 or 14 guys who are all throwing strikes. I think you saw that today.
"Even the younger guys came in and threw strikes," he added. "Obviously, it's a pretty easy situation to do it but that's what we're trying to do. If we throw strikes, it gives our offense a chance to do things like this."
UC Davis set a school record for getting batters hit by a pitch as seven Aggies found their way to first base the hard way. That broke the previous mark of seven, set against San Jose State in 1991.
Parucha (1-0) picked up the win for UC Davis while Daniel Chavez (0-1) suffered the loss for San Jose State. Centerfielder Andre Mercurio, rightfielder Nick Schulz and catcher Jon Nelson each had two hits for the Spartans.
The Aggies will take their two-game winning streak into Friday's series opener against Utah at Dobbins Stadium. The teams will play four games through Monday.