Feb. 27, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - It took more than a day, but BYU defeated UC Davis, 8-4, in the final game of a three-game series at Dobbins Stadium. The Cougars led the Aggies 7-1 on Friday afternoon before the game was suspended by rain. The teams returned to the field Saturday afternoon to complete the contest. Paul Politi, Justin Schafer and Eric Johnson each collected two hits for UC Davis (4-3). BYU ended up winning the series two games to one.
Back on Friday, BYU (2-4) scored twice in the top of the first to grab an early two-run lead. The Aggies pulled within 2-1 in the fourth on a one-out sacrifice fly by Politi that scored Scott Lyman.
In the top of the fifth, as the rain began to intensify, the Cougars scored five times. The big hit of the inning was a two-run single by Ryan Bernal that made it 6-1 at the time. BYU added another run and headed to the bottom of the fifth with a 7-1 lead.
Scott Heylman led off the UC Davis fifth by reaching on an error, and the count went to 3-0 on Daniel Cepin before play was suspended for the day.
When play resumed on Saturday, the Aggies scored their second run in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Justin Schafer drove in Heylman on a sacrifice fly as the Aggies were within 7-2.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth when UC Davis scored two more times. Seth Batty scored the first run of the frame on an infield throwing error. Politi then delivered a run-scoring double as UC Davis trailed just 7-4.
That's as close as the Aggies would get as BYU added a run in the top of the ninth to account for the final score.
"It's tough to come back when you're down 7-1, but you just have to keep playing," said UC Davis head coach Rex Peters
. "We presented it as an opportunity on how to come back. It's not going to be the last deficit we're going to face this season. We have to learn to battle through those."
UC Davis outscored BYU, 3-1, in the four-plus innings the teams played on Saturday. Overall, the Cougars outhit the Aggies, 13-8.
Anthony Kupbens suffered the loss for UC Davis. Matthew Lewis and Scott Heinig each pitched scoreless relief. Lewis went two innings with two strikeouts while allowing just one hit. Heinig went one inning, allowed one hit and struck out one.
UC Davis returns to action Monday when it hosts Nevada, First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.