Aggies Stage Huge Ninth-Inning Rally for 6-5 Win

Spencer Koopmans earned his first save of the year on Saturday. (Wayne Tilcock)

Feb. 25, 2012

Final Stats

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The UC Davis baseball team scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning, then held off a CSU Bakersfield rally in the bottom half of the frame to claim a 6-5 win over the Roadrunners on Saturday at Hardt Field in Bakersfield.

UC Davis wins its second straight series and its fourth game in a row to improve to 5-1 overall while CSU Bakersfield drops to 3-3.

Patrick Hennessey earned his first win of the year, moving to 1-0 after entering the game in the eighth and holding the Roadrunners scoreless through two complete innings. Aggie starter Anthony Kupbens gave up three runs on eight hits while striking out four in six full innings of work. Spencer Koopmans entered in the ninth inning and was credited with his first save of the year.

Scott Brattvet was given the loss to move to 1-1 after allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out five Aggie batters.

Offensively, David Popkins led UC Davis for the second straight game as he went 3-of-4 with an RBI, a run and a double. He was the only Aggie to record multiple hits as five other UC Davis batter recorded one hit apiece.

For CSU Bakersfield, Jordie Hein and Kevin Younger each finished with two hits while Younger drove in two runs.

The Aggies trailed 3-1 entering the ninth inning, but Popkins started the UC Davis rally with a double into right center field before coming around to score after Paul Politi singled through the gap into right field.

With two outs and runners on first and second, freshman John Williams singled up the middle to score Evan Heptig, who entered the game as a pinch runner, and the Aggies and Runners were tied at three runs apiece.



Scott Kalush would put the Aggies ahead after Roadrunner shortstop Shyrock couldn't hold on to Kalush's hit. The error allowed pinch hitter Nick Lynch, who safely reached first on a fielder's choice, to score and put runners on second and third.

The Aggies would add one more run to their comeback after a fielding error by Sanay at second base gave Kalush the green light and put UC Davis up 6-3.

CSU Bakersfield nearly pulled off a rally of their own in the bottom half of the ninth inning. Koopmans entered the game and walked the first two batters he faced. Hein followed that with a fielders choice that moved J.P. Maestas to third and both runners scored when Aggie shortstop Adam Young's throw got away from Evan Young at first base.

Koopmans retired Brockmeyer, however, for the final out of the game as UC Davis claimed the 6-5 win.

The Roadrunners struck with a run in the bottom of the first after Cael Brockmeyer's RBI single brought in Younger who had reached base after doubling down the right field line.

UC Davis tied the game with a run in the third inning when Ryan Allgrove drew a walk, moved to second on a balk, then scored on an RBI single from Popkins.

CSU Bakersfield responded to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the third. Tyler Shryock led off with a base hit, then came around to score on Younger's sacrifice fly into left field.

Kupbens struck out Oscar Sanay to end the inning, then retired the side in the fourth, but the Roadrunners would score again in the fifth to extend their lead to 3-1. With two outs and a runner on first, Younger's single up the middle was too much for Aggie center fielder Brett Morgan to hold on to and the error allowed Frank Martinez to score.

The Aggies were held hitless until Popkins' double in the ninth inning.

UC Davis will look for its first series sweep of the year as the Aggies and Roadrunners will close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.