Feb. 21, 2014
MORAGA, Calif. -- UC Davis junior Nick Lynch homered for the second-straight game and the Aggies took advantage of four Portland errors to plate four unearned runs, lifting them to a narrow, 8-7, victory over the Pilots on day two of the Gael Invitaitonal at Luis Guisto Field in Moraga, Calif.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid for UC Davis (2-4 overall), which jumped out to a 7-1 lead before holding off Portland for the victory. The Pilots (2-3) scored three times in the final two innings, stranding the tying run on base to cut short the rally.
Junior Spencer Koopmans (1-0) earned his first victory of the season, allowing three earned on six hits and striking out four in five innings of work. Junior Craig Lanza nailed down his second save of the year, coming on in relief of Raul Jacobson, and inducing Caleb Whalen into a game-ending pop-up to end the threat.
Travis Radke (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three earned (seven overall) on six hits while walking three in 4 2/3 innings of work. Portland's bullpen buckled down, as three pitchers combined on a four-hitter, allowing just one run and striking out three over the final 4 1/3 innings to keep the Pilots within striking distance.
Lynch, who slugged his first home run in Thursday's loss to host Saint Mary's, followed up with a two-run shot in the third on Friday and drove home three as part of a 2-for-5 day. Four different Aggies finished with multiple hits, including junior Izaak Silva's 3-for-4 day, as UC Davis banged out 11 hits -- reaching double figures in that category for the second time this season.
The Aggies jumped out to the early lead with a pair of runs in the first inning after Tino Lipson (single) and Seth Batty (walk) reached base to lead-off the game. An error on Steven Patterson's sacrifice attempt allowed Lipson to score from second and Lynch drove home his first run of the game with a ground ball to short for the 2-0 lead.
Portland's Bo Cornish got one of the runs back in the second on his first home run of the season, but UC Davis scored the first of five unanswered runs in the third as Batty smacked a one-out single and came home two batters later on Lynch's long ball for a 4-1 advantage.
Cameron Olson singled to lead-off the fourth and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch, while a second error in the inning allowed Mason Novak to touch the plate for a 6-1 lead. Olson added an RBI single in the fifth for a six-run advantage and chase Radke from the game as the Aggies threatened to run away with the contest.
However, Portland rallied back, scoring three runs in the sixth on an infield single, a bases-loaded hit batter, and a sacrifice fly to make it 7-4 and, following an RBI single from Silva in the eighth for the Aggies, continued to draw closer in its half of the inning. A two-out walk to Ryan Barr brought up Cornish, who doubled to left and plated his teammate when the ball got away from the fielder to bring the Pilots back to within three runs.
Another two-out rally in the ninth got Portland even closer as Turner Gill walked with outs and went to third on Ryan Littlefield's double to put two on for Kevin Farley, who singled to right center to plate both runs and make it 8-7. Lanza, however, came in and shut the door, working the count full to Whalen before popping him up to end the game.
With his third-inning single, Batty has reached base safely in all six games this season while Silva extended his streak to four -- all via hits. Lipson and Olson became sixth and seventh Aggies to log multiple hits in a game in 2014.
UC Davis continues tournament play on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., taking on Kansas State in the first game of the day. The Wildcats, who were ranked as high as No. 18 in the preseason, lost to Portland in the tournament opener on Thursday, 5-2, and face the host Gaels on Friday.
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