Feb. 24, 2013
Paul Politi extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a first-inning home run and Nick Lynch added another later, but visiting Utah used a 13-hit attack to hold off UC Davis 7-6 in a nonconference baseball game at Dobbins Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Utes won for the third time against the Aggies this weekend, improving to 4-2 while UC Davis fell to 4-4. Catcher Konnor Armijo homered and doubled among his three hits to help lead Utah while center fielder Braden Anderson also collected three hits, including a double.
UC Davis had 12 hits, giving them 57 for the week. The Aggies batted .356 in the four games through Sunday.
Utah used a four-run fifth inning to break a 3-3 deadlock and take a 7-3 lead. Lynch had an RBI single in the fifth, Seth Batty scored on an error in the seventh inning and Austin March scored on Batty's single to right in the eighth as UC Davis battled to back to within a run late in the game.
Joe Pond (2-1) scattered eight hits and allowed four runs while striking out four to earn the win for Utah. Mitch Watrous went the final 1-2/3 innings for his second save this season. Ben Burke (0-1) pitched into the fifth for UC Davis, allowing five runs, but only two of them earned, while allowing six hits.
Both teams scored in the first inning for the second straight day with Utah plating the game's first run on right fielder Tyler Relf's infield single that brought around Andersen. UC Davis, however, quickly took the lead in the bottom half of the frame when Politi launched a homer down the left-field line that also scored shortstop Tino Lipson. It was the Aggies' first home run of the season and pushed his hitting streak to 18 games dating back to last season.
Utah answered with single runs in each of the next two innings. Anderson scored on an infield error in the second inning while Armijo's leadoff homer in the third made it 3-2.
Lynch evened the game in the bottom of the third with his two-out roundtripper that easily cleared the left field fence.
The game remained even until the fifth when Utah scored four times. A sacrifice fly by second baseman Tyler Yagi, an RBI single to left by third baseman Dallas Carroll, and run-scoring hits by left fielder Wyler Smith and shorstop Cory Hunt combined with an outfield error to help put Utah in front 7-3.
Lynch's single to left got one of the runs back for UC Davis in the fifth. Trailing 7-5 in the eighth, UC Davis loaded the bases with one out and Batty responded off Utes reliever Mitch Watrous with a single to right that scored Austin March. However, first baseman T.J. Bennett's relay to the plate was in time to catch Lipson who was trying to score from second.
Pinch-hitter Cameron Olson picked up a two-out single in the ninth for the Aggies but Watrous was able to close the door and pick up the save.
Lipson finished with three hits for the Aggies while Politi's double was his fifth of the season. Batty and Lynch also had two hits for UC Davis.
UC Davis and Utah will complete their four-game series with a noon game at Dobbins Stadium on Monday.