DAVIS, Calif. -- Ryan Anderson's ninth-inning double that popped in and out of the left fielder's glove scored pinch runner Colton Evans from second base with the game-winning run, bringing UC Davis back from four runs down and lifting the Aggies to a, 7-6, victory over Utah Valley on Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
UC Davis earned its first series win of the year, improving to 3-2 overall on the season thanks to five unanswered runs after the Wolverines had gone ahead, 6-2, following a two-run fifth. Utah Valley, which collected 11 hits on the day, fell to 1-5 overall with the loss.
The Aggies mustered only an RBI ground out by Cameron Olson in the first and a run-scoring infield single by Mark Cardinalli in the third, but stranded the bases loaded in the second and left two on in the third as part of nine total left on base for the game.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines pounced, scoring in each of the first three innings -- including a pair of unearned runs in the second -- to jump out to an early lead, and tacked on two more in the fifth on back-to-back RBI hits by Jackson Overlund (double) and Jake Berry (single) for a 6-2 advantage.
That's when the Aggies began to chip away, getting a run in the sixth on an RBI ground ball by pinch hitter Guillermo Salazar, and three more in the eighth to tie the game. UC Davis put runners on the corner with one out, scoring its first run of the frame on a wild pitch, to make it a three-run deficit, and scoring two more on a ball that got through the legs of the third baseman and a two-out game-tying double by Alex Aguiar that made it 6-all.
The Aggies worked out of a jam in the top of the ninth as Utah Valley looked to break the deadlock. A walk, a bunt single, and an intentional walk after a sacrifice loaded the bases with one out, but junior Zach Stone recovered to deny the Wolverines, inducing an inning ending double play to strand a pair and set the stage for UC Davis' ninth-inning rally.
Senior Cameron Olson was hit by the second pitch he faced from reliever Patrick Wolfe (0-1) and Evans was able to take second when Wolfe's pickoff attempt eluded the first baseman. That brought up Anderson, who wasted no time in sending the first offering from Wolfe into left field where the fielder wasn't able to catch up to the ball, sprinting toward the fence only to have the ball plunk in and out of his glove, allowing Evans to race home for the winning score.
Stone (1-0) -- the last of five pitchers on the day for the Aggies -- earned his first win of the season, allowing a single hit and walking one in the ninth inning. Senior right-hander Justin Mullins took a no-decision, allowing three earned on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, while junior Connor Loar was stellar in his first career appearance after transferring from Chabot College, throwing three innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit to keep his side in the contest.
Senior Mark Cardinalli finished 3-for-4 to pace a 10-hit UC Davis attack, while Aguiar and Ignacio Diaz each finished with a pair of hits on the day.
Trevor Peterson finished 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored to pace the Wolverines, while Overlund added three more hits and drove in a pair.
The Aggies take to the road for a five-game stretch against a trio of Pac-12 Conference powers, beginning Tuesday (Feb. 28) with a 5:30 p.m. first pitch at Stanford at Sunken Diamond. UC Davis then takes on Oregon State in a three-game series on March 3-5 in Corvallis, before taking on Oregon in a single game on March 6 in Eugene.
UC Davis 7, Utah Valley 6 (Feb 26, 2017 at Davis, Calif.)
Utah Valley......... 121 020 000 - 6 11 4 (1-5)
UC Davis............ 101 001 031 - 7 10 3 (3-2)
Pitchers: Utah Valley - Schmitt,Kaden; Olguin,Eric(7); Wolfe,Patrick(8) and Atkinson,Jake. UC Davis - Mullins, Justin; Peters, Blake (5); Loar, Connor (6); Briggs, Cameron (9); Stone, Zach (9) and Diaz, Ignacio.
Win- Stone, Zach (1-0) Loss-Wolfe,Patrick(0-1) T-3:15 A-201
Peters faced 1 batter in the 6th.
Briggs faced 1 batter in the 9th.
Wolfe,P faced 2 batters in the 9th.
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