March 10, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Kevin Barker and Scott Kalush each recorded two hits while pinch hitter Mike Mazzara's double in the bottom of the eighth scored two runs, but UC Davis' late rally came up just short as Seattle took a 4-3 win in a wild finish in game two on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium.
UC Davis moves to 7-8 on the year while Seattle improves to 4-6.
Despite giving up 10 hits, Aggie starter Anthony Kupbens held Seattle scoreless through the first seven innings, but two costly errors and a string of base hits by the Redhawks gave Seattle the win and saddled Kupbens with the loss.
He pitched seven full innings and gave up two runs, one of which was earned, while striking out three batters. He moves to 1-2 on the year.
Ryan Allgrove scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning. He was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, stole second base then moved to third on a throwing error by Seattle catcher Ryan Somers in his attempt to throw Allgrove out as he was stealing. Paul Politi's sacrifice fly brought Allgrove home for the 1-0 UC Davis lead.
Through seven innings, however, the teams combined for 16 hits, all of which were singles, but left 13 runners stranded on base. Neither team would get a multiple-base hit until Mazzara's pinch hit double in the eighth inning.
In the top of the eighth, Trent Oleszczuk singled to right field to lead things off for Seattle. Ryan Somers followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Oleszczuk over, but Kupbens overthrew to first, putting two runners on with no outs.
Harry Stanwyck would step in for Kupbens, giving up a single to Bryndon Ecklund, his fourth hit of the game, which brought Oleszczuk home, tying the game at 1-1. Riley Tompkins followed that with a base hit, scoring Somers and Seattle took a 2-1 lead.
With runners on first and second and just one out, Stanwyck spun around and threw to second in an attempt to pick off Ecklund at second, but nobody was covering second base and the ball sailed into the outfield, allowing both runners to advance. Nate Roberts single brought both runs home, giving Seattle a 4-1 lead before Stanwyck forced two fly outs to end the inning.
The bottom half of the eighth proved just as erratic. Seattle reliever Garrett Anderson quickly got two outs, but pinch hitter Evan Wolf drew a walk while Nick Lynch, who was also called in as a pinch hitter, was hit by Anderson to put runners on first and second.
Mazzara's pinch hit double brought home Drew Lassen, who entered the game to pinch run for Lynch, and Wolf to bring the score to 4-3.
Mazzara was replaced at second base by John Williams who reached third on a grounder to short by Evan Heptig. Seattle shortstop Nick Latta, however, overthrew to first base trying to get Heptig out, giving Williams the opening to charge home. Williams slid in head first, just as Somers received the ball, but Williams was called out, despite some confusion over if Somers had held on to the ball. UC Davis head coach Matt Vaughn pleaded his case to the home plate umpire, but was subsequently ejected from the game.
UC Davis held off Seattle in the ninth inning after Allgrove turned a potential error into a pick off. With Oleszczuk standing on first and just one out, right-handed reliever Chris Levy's throw over to first went wide, but bounced off the wall along the first base line and back onto the field. Allgrove scooped it up and threw to the shortstop Heptig who tagged Oleszczuk out as he attempted to steal.
Scott Kalush led off the bottom of the ninth with a base hit through the gap into left field, and pinch runner Ryan Lucas moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kevin Barker, but Allgrove and Popkins each grounded out to end the game, giving Seattle the 4-3 win.
UC Davis and Seattle will play the final game of the series on Sunday at noon at Dobbins Stadium.