March 3, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Catcher Scott Kalush was 3-for-4 with two runs and hit the Aggies' first home run of the year to lead the UC Davis baseball team to a 6-3 win over Creighton on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
UC Davis snaps a three-game losing streak and improves to 6-4 overall while Creighton moves to 4-3.
Paul Politi and Alex Lipson each went 2-for-4 while Brett Morgan, John Williams and Austin Logan, who tripled in the sixth inning, also registered RBI for the Aggies.
On the mound, Anthony Kupbens earned his first win of the year, moving to 1-1 after giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out four over 7.1 innings of work. Chris Levy was given the save after entering in the eighth inning and holding the Bluejays hitless.
UC Davis saw its lead off batter reach base in all but two innings in the win. The Aggies scored first after Spencer Brann doubled to left field to start the second inning, then came around to score after Williams was thrown out at first with one out.
The Aggie defense turned its first of three double plays in the top of the third, but not before Creighton put three runs across to take a 3-1 lead.
The Bluejays took advantage of some wild pitching from Kupbens and an error on center fielder Brett Morgan to take the lead. Kupbens hit Jake Peter to start the inning, then saw Peter move to second after a wild pitch. He walked Brad McKewon before giving up a base hit to Nick Judkins which brought in the first run of the frame. Erik Mattingly followed that with an RBI base hit of his own to give Creighton the 2-1 lead, then Alex Staehley's sacrifice bunt brought in the third run. UC Davis turned the double play to end the inning and trailed 3-1.
UC Davis matched Creighton's offensive output with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Kalush led off with a single, then Lipson moved him to second with a single of his own. Ryan Allgrove's
well-placed bunt down the third base line advanced both runners, and Politi brought home both Kalush and Lipson with a two-run double into right center field. Morgan's single brought home Popkins, who was intentionally walked earlier in the inning, and the Aggies held the 4-3 lead.
Kalush added to the Aggie lead after taking a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall for his fourth career home run and the first one of 2012 for UC Davis.
Kupbens, meanwhile settled in to hold off the Bluejays, giving up just one run in the fourth and fifth before retiring the side in the sixth. He allowed a a lead off single in the top of the seventh, but struck out Chase Ross before forcing Brad McKewon into a double play to end the inning.
Logan drove in the final run of the game after hitting a triple off the right field wall to bring home Williams. Williams walked to lead off the inning, then stole second before moving to third on a passed ball.
With the 6-3 lead in hand, UC Davis nearly scored again in the seventh. With the bases loaded and just one out, the Aggies were in great position to score, but Bluejay reliever Shane Liska struck out Kevin Barker and Logan to get Creighton out of the jam.
Kupbens was replaced by Levy in the eighth with a runner on third and one out and the junior righty struck out Staehely, then forced Mike Gerber into a fly ball to left field. Levy found himself in some trouble in the top of the ninth after an overthrow to first by Lipson at short put Brennan Murphy on base. Murphy moved all the way to third before Levy struck out pinch hitter Jordan Makovicka to end the game.
UC Davis and Creighton conclude the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.