March 10, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - - Evan Wolf allowed just two runs in 7-1/3 innings and the Aggie offense scored two runs in the eighth inning, coming from behind to beat CSU Bakersfield 3-2 in a nonconference baseball game on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
UC Davis picked up a win in the third consecutive game Wolf has started, snapping a three-game winning streak and upping its record to 7-9. The Roadrunners, whose bats were quieted after scoring 23 runs on 38 hits in the first two games of the weekend series, dropped to 10-5.
Wolf didn't factor in the decision but gave the Aggies an opportunity to win after scattering five hits and walking just one batter before being relieved in the eighth inning. He retired 13 consecutive batters covering the third through seventh innings, throwing just 75 pitches on the day.
Aggie coach Matt Vaughn said Wolf has provided key pitching after providing quality outings his last three starts against Utah, Oklahoma State and CSU Bakersfield while helping UC Davis score 'must-wins' in each one.
"This was the kind of game where a team could come out and get swept real easy," he said. "But we've got Evan Wolf who gives us a chance, keeps it close. We've shown that we can do well in these games, if we're close.
"He just wants to win," Vaughn added. "If everyone wants to win like he does, you can get great efforts like he's given us the last three weeks."
Bakersfield scored the first run of the game in the third inning, moving two runners into scoring position with one out before second baseman Oscar Vanay's sacrifice fly to right field scored Kevin Younger.
Bakersfield put runners at second and third against Wolf in the eighth inning, loaded the bases on a walk against reliever Patrick Hennessey, and then scored the go-ahead run when shortstop Tyler Shyrock hit a sacrifice fly to right off reliever Max Cordy. Cordy struck out Sanay to end the threat.
Shortstop Tino Lipson's leadoff walk in the eighth off reliever Dylan Christiansen gave UC Davis a chance. Third baseman Paul Politi later bounced a one-out single through the left side, putting Lipson at third, while first baseman Nick Lynch's sacrifice fly to short center two batters later was enough to bring Lipson across with the tying run.
A walk to Olson loaded the bases, while another walk by Christiansen - this one to Kevin Barker - plated Politi with the eventual winning run. Cordy then shut down the Roadrunners in order in the ninth inning, recording the win and improving his record to 3-1.
UC Davis played error-free baseball for the first time in its last six games, getting a defensive gem in the first inning from Barker who cut down Christiansen at home after he tried to score on Sanay's single to center.
"Today, we got a game-changing play from Kevin Barker throwing a guy out at the plate," said Vaughn. "It kind of gets lost because it's the first inning, but if you look back at the last three games, we have not started well. For him to do that, it changes the game right off the bat and it kind of gets lost in the shuffle as the game goes on."
Olson had two hits for UC Davis on Sunday while Lipson and designated hitter Mike Mazzara also added hits. Five different players picked up hits - all singles - for Bakersfield.
Jonathan Montoya pitched well for the Roadrunners, allowing just five hits and one run through his seven innings of work. The high-kicking left-hander had three strikeouts and walked two. Christiansen took the loss, falling to 0-1.
The Aggies will conclude their five-game homestand on Tuesday when Nevada visits for a nonconference game. First pitch at Dobbins Stadium is 2:30 p.m.