March 5, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Anthony Kupbens pitched a complete game and faced only six batters over the minimum as UC Davis was edged 3-1 by No. 21 Fresno State Saturday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
UC Davis drops to 2-8 overall while Fresno State improved to 8-1.
Kupbens gave up only three runs on five hits and struck out eight Bulldog batters while his only walk of the game didn't happen until the seventh inning. The junior lefty faced only 33 batters and, after a base hit in the fifth inning, the Bulldogs could not get a hit for the remainder of the game.
The Aggies only score of the game came on a deep home run to left field by David Popkins in the first inning.
Fresno State rebounded with two runs in the second as Dusty Robinson doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning for the Bulldogs, then came around to score on a double from Brennan Gowens. Gowens would score on Fresno State's third double of the inning as Aaron Judge hit a double to right field to give Fresno State a 2-1 advantage.
The Bulldogs' third run came in the fifth inning. Danny Muno tripled into right centerfield then scored off an RBI base hit from Chris Mallory to take a 3-1 lead.
After the fifth inning, the game turned into a true defensive battle as neither team recorded a hit until the eighth inning when Brett Morgan singled for the Aggies.
Kupbens and the Aggies retired the side in the ninth inning before mounting a small rally down two runs in the bottom of the ninth. UC Davis picked up two quick outs before Paul Politi earned a walk, then pinch hitter CJ Blom was hit by a pitch to put two men on with two outs. Politi and pinch runner Corbin Cutshaw advanced on a wild pitch from Bulldog pitcher Charlie Robertson, then Eric Johnson walked to load the bases. Scott Kalush was called in to pinch hit but hit a short ground ball to second base to end the game.
Popkins led the Aggies offensively, hitting 2-for-4 while Morgan and Johnson recorded a hit apiece.
For Fresno State, five batters recorded one hit each. Starting pitcher Greg Gonzalez went eight full innings for the Bulldogs, giving up one run on four hits, striking out two and walking three Aggie batters to earn the win. Charlie Robertson got his fourth save of the year.
UC Davis and Fresno State close out the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.