March 7, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - The UC Davis baseball team owned a 4-3 lead through the top of the eighth inning, but the seventh-ranked Arizona Wildcats rallied with three runs in the bottom half of the frame to claim a 6-3 win on Wednesday at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson.
UC Davis drops its third straight game to move to 6-7 overall while Arizona improves to 10-2.
Kevin Barker's two hits were both doubles one of which gave UC Davis the lead in the top of the eighth inning. He also scored a run in the loss. Nick Lynch went 2-for-3 with a double while Scott Kalush also had two hits and an RBI.
UC Davis took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second after John Williams' sacrifice fly allowed Lynch to score, but Arizona tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, using their own sacrifice fly to even the game at 1-1.
The Aggies took the lead back in their very next at bat when Brett Morgan led off with a base hit, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Allgrove, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Paul Politi grounded out which brought home Morgan for the 2-1 lead.
Arizona responded in the fourth, tying the game 2-2 after Johnny Field's base hit up the middle brought home Alex Mejia, who led off the inning with a double. The Wildcats then took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when, with two outs and a runner on first, Joey Rickard doubled to left field to score Joseph Maggi.
Barker scored the tying run in the top of the seventh after reaching on an error by Arizona second baseman Trent Gilbert. Kalush's base hit brought Barker home for the 3-3 tie.
The freshman provided the heroics again for UC Davis in the top of the eighth after his second double of the game brought home Lynch to give the Aggies the 4-3 lead.
A combination of Aggie errors and a string of base hits allowed for three Arizona runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning, however, as the Wildcats would hold off UC Davis in the ninth for the 6-4 win.
Mathew Troupe earned the win for Arizona to move to 1-0 while Chris Levy was given the loss and is 1-1 on the year.
UC Davis returns to Dobbins Stadium to host Seattle in a three-game series, beginning Friday at 2:30 p.m.