Huskies Spoil Stanwyck's Gem With Late Rally

Junior outfielder Kevin Barker finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday's series opener at Washington.
 
Junior outfielder Kevin Barker finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday's series opener at Washington.
 

Feb. 28, 2014

Box Score

TACOMA, Wash. -- UC Davis senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck pitched a gem, carrying a two-hitter into the eighth inning while striking out three, but host Washington rallied for four late runs off the Aggies' bullpen to steal a 4-1 victory in the series opener on Friday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.

UC Davis had its three-game winning streak snapped with the loss, falling to 4-5 overall on the season. The Huskies evened their record at 4-4-1 overall with the win, despite being held to just a pair of fifth-inning singles until their late-inning rally.

Stanwyck was stellar in his third start of the year, retiring the side in order in the first two innings and working around three walks and the aforementioned singles before setting down eight-straight hitters from the fifth to seventh innings. He was lifted after hitting the lead-off man in the eighth -- the eventual tying run -- to be stuck with the no decision.

The Aggies struck for the early lead thanks to a two-out walk to Austin March in the second and a double to left by Kevin Barker for the 1-0 lead off Huskies' starter Jared Fisher, who scattered just four hits and struck out six in 6.1 innings of work. For Barker, who finished 2-for-4, it was his team-high fourth double of the year and he extended his team lead with his 12th and 13th hits of the season.

Fisher settled down, retiring 12-straight UC Davis hitters into the sixth before running into a bit of trouble when Steven Patterson and Nick Lynch rattled off back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners with two outs. Fisher escaped the jam, however, by striking out Cameron Olson to end the threat.


 

 

Another rally by the Aggies in the seventh threatened to break things open once again as Barker singled and moved to second on a walk to Spencer Brann to chase Fisher from the game. However, Troy Rallings (1-0) came out of the bullpen to stop UC Davis in its tracks, stranding a pair in scoring position with a ball back to the mound and another groundout to end the inning.

Rallings earned the win in relief, pitching 1.2 innings of no-hit baseball and striking out two on the night.

That set the stage for Washington's winning rally in its half of the eighth, sending nine batters to the plate to break up the shutout. The Huskies Brian Wolfe was hit by Stanwyck in his final batter of the game as Robert Parucha (0-2) was summoned to the mound to get the Aggies out of the jam.

Pinch runner Kyle London moved up to second on an errant pick-off throw and was sacrificed to third. Pinch hitter Jack Meggs was hit to put runners on the corners for Washington as Craig Lanza entered for UC Davis to face leadoff man Braden Bishop, who beat out a squeeze to the right side to drive home London with the tying run.

Another bunt single by Andrew Ely loaded the bases for the Huskies before a wild pitch got away from the Aggies' defense, allowing Meggs to score from third for the 2-1 lead. Two batters later Alex Schmidt drove home a pair with a single through the left side off Raul Jacobson -- the third UC Davis reliever of the inning -- to cap the scoring.

Jacobson, however, recovered to stop the bleeding, striking out Branden Berry and Trevor Mitsui to end the inning and give his team a chance to rally in the ninth.Washington closer Trevor Dunlap put those thoughts to rest, however, nailing down his second save of the season by inducing a ground ball and striking out two to end the game.

The two teams return to the diamond for a doubleheader on Saturday (March 1) at 1 and 6 p.m.

Washington 4, UC Davis 1 (Feb 28, 2014 at Tacoma, Wash.)
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UC Davis.............. 010 000 000 - 1 4 1 (4-5)
Washington.......... 000 000 04X - 4 5 0 (4-4-1)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Stanwyck, Harry; Parucha, Robert (8); Lanza, Craig (8); Jacobson, Raul (8) and Brann, Spencer. Washington - Fisher, Jared; Rallings, Troy (7); Dunlap, Trevor (9) and Rei, Austin; Guinn, Parker.

Win-Rallings, Troy (1-0) Save-Dunlap, Trevor (2) Loss-Parucha, Robert (0-2) T-2:52 A-247

Weather: Clear, 56 degrees
Stanwyck faced 1 batter in the 8th.
Lanza faced 3 batters in the 8th.