Feb. 24, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - David Popkins was 6 of 8 with with two runs, two doubles and an RBI and Evan Wolf's sacrifice fly brought in the game-winning run in the top of the 16th as the UC Davis baseball team claimed a 10-6 win over CSU Bakersfield at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif.
UC Davis moves to 4-1 overall, winning its third game in a row, while CSU Bakersfield drops to 3-2.
Chris Levy earned the first win of his UC Davis career after entering the game in the 13th inning and promptly striking out the first batter he faced. He allowed two runs to cross in the 14th but recorded six strikeouts en route to the win.
The 16-inning game marks the second-straight extra inning contest for UC Davis and lasted four hours and 32 minutes. Last year, UC Davis defeated UC Riverside 2-1 in 16 innings at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
The UC Davis recorded for longest game stands at 17 innings, set in 1966 against Chico State.
UC Davis exploded for four runs in the top half of the 16th inning. Ryan Allgrove led off with a single through the gap into left field then was replaced by Kevin Barker who advanced to third on Popkins' sixth hit of the day, then came around to score and break the tie.
With the 7-6 lead, pinch hitter Spencer Brann stepped in with an RBI single into right field, bringing home Popkins for an 8-6 Aggie lead. Scott Kalush's base hit into left field was good enough to bring home two more runners as Brann and Paul Politi both came around to score for the 10-6 lead.
Chris Levy and the UC Davis defense stepped in and shut down CSU Bakersfield in the bottom of the 16th, retiring the side to end the game.
Politi went 4-for-7 with a double, two RBI and two runs while Brett Morgan
, Allgrove and Kalush each recorded two hits apiece.
CSU Bakersfield took an early 2-0 lead after scoring a run in the third and fourth innings, but UC Davis rallied in the sixth, scoring three runs on three hits to take a 3-2 lead. The Aggies extended their lead by another run when Morgan scored off an RBI double from Popkins.
After giving up the two runs to CSU Bakersfield in the third and fourth innings, Aggie starter Dayne Quist held the Roadrunners hitless until the eight inning. He retired 13 straight batters until Andrew Letourneau singled with two outs in the eighth. Quist responded and forced Kevin Younger to ground out to short to end the inning.
Quist was replaced by sophomore righty Harry Stanwyck in the ninth after allowing Oscar Sanay to score, bring the Roadrunners to within a run. A wild pitch from Stanwyck, however, would bring in the equalizer as DC Legg scored to tie the game at 4-4.
Both teams combined for just four hits until the 14th inning when UC Davis put two runs on the board to take a 6-4 lead. Morgan led off with a single, moved to second on a balk call, then scored on an error by CSU Bakersfield reliever Spenser Messmore. Politi's sacrifice fly to center field brought home Allgrove, giving the Aggies the lead.
CSU Bakersfield wasted no time responding, however, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the 14th inning. Levy walked Jordie Hein who scored on an RBI ground out by Cael Brockmeyer, then, with two outs and runners on second and third, threw a wild pitch that allowed Younger to score and tie the game at 6-6.
The Aggies used five hits and took advantage of a Roadrunner error in the top of the 16th to score four runs, taking the 10-6 win.
The second game of the series is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch.