Feb. 23, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
Aggie left fielder Mike Mazzara had three hits, including two doubles, but Utah used three late-inning home runs to beat UC Davis 7-3 in a nonconference baseball game at Dobbins Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The loss dropped the Aggies' early season record to 4-3 while Utah, which has taken the first two games of the four-game weekend series, is 3-2. Second baseman T.J. Bennett and catcher A.J. Young each had two-run homers for the Utes who scored five runs over the last two frames. Shortstop Cory Hunt had a solo homer.
The game was a pitcher's duel for seven innings as Utes starter Tanner Banks and Aggie right-hander Spencer Koopmans were both impressive on the hill. Banks allowed just two runs and six hits through seven innings of work while striking out four and walking just two. Koopman was equally as effective, giving up just five hits and three runs while striking out seven and walking two.
Both pitchers set down the side in order twice. Koopmans did it in the fourth and seventh innings while Banks matched in the second and seventh.
Utah got on the scoreboard first, getting two singles, a wild pitch and a groundout to the right side to score left fielder Tyler Relf in the first. UC Davis answered in its half of the frame when Paul Politi extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single and then scored on Mazzara's double down the right-field line.
Back-to-back doubles by shortstop Adam Young and catcher Izaak Silva with one out in the fourth gave UC Davis a 2-1 lead while Tyler Yagi's single scored Bennett with the equalizer in the sixth.
Koopmans gave way to reliever Alex Sachs in the top of the seventh and Bennett broke the tie with a two-run home run to left, scoring Braden Anderson who had walked and was sacrificed to second. Mazzara's second double led off the eighth, and he eventually made his way to third with two outs before scoring on a passed ball as UC Davis got to within 4-3.
However, Young's homer to left off Sachs, which also scored Tyler Yagi, made it 6-3 while Hunt's homer one batter later pushed the Utes' lead to 7-3. Chase Rezac put UC Davis down in order in the ninth, earning the save.
Banks improved to 1-1 with the win while Koopmans fell to 0-1.
Mazzara finished 3 for 4 with an RBI while right fielder Seth Batty added a hit for the Aggies.
UC Davis and Utah will continue their series with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium. Right-hander Ben Burke (0-1) gets the start for the Aggies and will face the Utes' right-hander Joe Pond (0-1).