March 9, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior lefty Dayne Quist turned in another masterful performance on the mound, striking out seven and retiring 20 straight batters to lead the UC Davis baseball team to a 5-3 win over Seattle on Friday at Dobbins Stadium.
UC Davis improves to 7-7, snapping a three-game losing streak and stopping Seattle's five-game winning streak. The Redhawks now stand at 8-6.
"It's a good sign to get back in the win column and not let this go farther than three games in a row, and they had that approach," said head coach Matt Vaughn. "They knew about it, they were thinking about it, and they executed it today."
Quist pitched his fourth career complete game and improves to 2-0 on the year. He allowed just three runs on five hits, four of which came in the third inning, but did not walk a batter during his outing and two of his seven strikeouts were three-pitch strikeouts.
Seattle's Trent Oleszczuk led off the game with a base hit, but Quist retired the next seven batters, until hitting Marcelino Morales with a pitch in the third inning. The Redhawks put together four straight singles to bring in three runs before Quist struck out Doug Kincaid, then forced Nate Roberts to fly out to center field.
From there, Quist was unstoppable, retiring every remaining batter he faced en route to the 5-3 win. He forced three fly balls in the fourth, caught Ryan Somers looking on a 1-2 pitch in the fifth and got Kincaid on a three-pitch strikeout in the sixth.
Seattle's batters wouldn't get a ball past the infield in the seventh, an inning that included Quist's sixth strikeout of the day, and the eighth inning was no different.
Quist returned to the mound in the ninth game and the leadoff hitter Bryndon Ecklund was the lone Redhawk to give him trouble. With the count at 3-2, Quist's breaking ball found the strike zone and got Ecklund looking for his seventh strikeout of the day.
Kincaid popped up to short and Roberts grounded out to give Quist his second win of the year.
"He's setting the tone for us on weekends," said Vaughn. "We've won two series, we had a great chance to win a third one, and we get the first game in this series and that's all because of his outings on Fridays. He's showing this team that if you have some guts and are willing to attack, good things can happen. He's been outstanding which is exactly what I thought he would be."
David Popkins put UC Davis on the board early with his first home run of the year when he took a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall in the first inning.
Seattle responded with its three-run third inning to take a 3-1 lead, but the Aggies came back with three runs of their own in the fourth inning.
With two outs and Kevin Barker on first, Ryan Allgrove was hit by a pitch to move Barker to second base. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch from Redhawk starter Bryan Dalton then came around to score after a grounder from Adam Young rolled right under Roberts' glove and into left field.
Austin Logan turned in UC Davis' final run of the day after he led off the sixth inning with a single into right field. Logan moved to third on a pair of groundouts by Allgrove and Young, then scored when Scott Kalush hit a hard ground ball up the middle for an RBI base hit.
UC Davis had another chance to score in the seventh after Barker doubled to move Paul Politi over to third base with just one out, but Evan Wolf struck out and Allgrove grounded out to the first baseman Riley Tompkins to end the inning.
Barker was 2-for-4 while Kalush went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead UC Davis offensively. Oleszczuk was 2-for-4 for Seattle.
UC Davis and Seattle continue the three-game series on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.