Feb. 25, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Right-hander Evan Wolf pitched seven solid innings and Mike Mazzara had a key three-run double during a four-run sixth inning as the UC Davis baseball team beat Utah, 10-7, in their nonconference series finale at Dobbins Stadium on Monday afternoon.
The Aggies snapped a three-game losing streak, improving to 5-4 overall, while the Utes saw their three-game winning streak come to end, falling to 4-3.
Third baseman Paul Politi singled to left field in the sixth inning, extending his hitting streak to 19 games. He had hits in the final 10 games of last season and has picked up at least one in each of the first nine games this year.
Wolf scattered six hits and allowed just three runs over his seven innings of work, striking out two batters and walking only two. He was efficient in his performance, throwing just 85 pitches and improving to 1-0.
"After we played those first three games the way we played them... for him to come out today and give us that effort was pretty special," said Aggie coach Matt Vaughn. "We were on the ropes and he got us off the ropes and gave our offense a chance to do what our offense is capable of doing.
"We made more plays today," he added. "If you can stay in there with just one error and get that kind of pitching, I think we're going to be in a lot of games because our offense is pretty good."
Utah picked up three runs over the first two innings, scoring an unearned run in the first. It added two more runs in the second on Wyler Smith's RBI-triple to left centerfield that scored A.J. Young with no outs, and second baseman Tyler Yagi's bunt down the third base line that plated Smith.
A base-loaded walk to second baseman Steven Patterson gave UC Davis its first run in the bottom of the first. The score remained 2-1 until the Aggies scored three times in the fourth. First baseman Austin Logan's single brought around Patterson, who had left off with a long double, while Seth Batty's single scored another. Shortstop Evan Heptig also scored after the ball was misplayed in the outfield.
Leading 4-3 in the fifth, the Aggies loaded the bases with two walks and a hit. Mazzara then came in as a pinch-hitter with two outs, doubling down the line in left to score catcher Spencer Brann, left fielder Austin March and Politi. Mazzara later scored on Heptig's single to right-center field.
UC Davis tacked on another run for Wolf in the sixth, handing him a 9-3 lead. Young had a two-run homer off reliever Craig Lanza in the eighth, and T.J. Bennett's triple to center added another. Smith singled off Matt Cordy with two outs in the ninth but the tying run wasn't able to get aboard when Cordy got Dallas Carroll to ground out.
UC Davis pounded 12 hits and have 69 over the past five games, but Vaughn said the Aggies' success begins with good defense and he said that's an area they need to improve.
"It cost us a couple of times this weekend, and I don't think, I know it did," he said. "We have to get better defensively to give this offense a chance to do good things."
Batty, Heptig and outfielder John Williams each had two hits for the Aggies while Batty added two runs. Nine different players had hits while six different Aggies knocked in runs.
Smith went 3 for 5 and had two RBI's for the Utes, Young had two hits and also had two RBI's while centerfielder Braden Anderson, Yagi and Bennett each collected two hits. Utah committed five errors in the field.
The game brought to end a nine-game homestand to start the season. UC Davis will hit the road for a three-game series against Oklahoma State (7-1) beginning Friday in Stillwater, Okla.
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