March 12, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Advancing to first base on a wild pitch after striking out swinging in the top of the ninth, Nevada's Scott Kaplan allowed teammate Tommy Niebergall to score the deciding run in a non-conference game that UC Davis dropped by a 11-10 score at Dobbins Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
The decision pushes UC Davis' record to 7-10 while Nevada improves to 11-6.
As unconventional as Tuesday's game-winning play was, it was just another one of numerous unique events that took place in the last of five straight Aggie home games.
After allowing Nevada to jump out to a 5-0 lead, UC Davis stormed back to take a 9-6 advantage heading into the seventh inning by scoring three runs in the third, and six in the sixth inning.
Included in the bottom of the sixth were 11 trips to the plate by Aggie batters, three Nevada pitching changes and seven consecutive hits from the home squad.
Nick Lynch hit his third double of the season in that frame, recording both of his RBI midway through that seven-hit streak.
Also responsible from driving in two was Paul Politi as he led the Aggies with his 4-for-6 effort at the plate.
Beginning with Politi at the No. 3 spot, and ending with Kevin Barker at the No. 7 position, the middle portion of the Aggies' lineup was responsible for driving in all but one of the team's runs.
Cameron Olson finished with a team-high three RBI, earning two hits out of his four at-bats and scored the final run of UC Davis' half of the sixth to help his team carry the lead into the final innings of the afternoon.
Even though Nevada possessed a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Aggies still had an opportunity to push Tuesday's game into extra innings - one that nearly took place when Olson took his swings against Nevada reliever Michael Fain.
On Fain's first pitch thrown, Olson hit one deep to the gap in right, forcing Wolf Pack right fielder Brooks Klein into an all-out sprint towards the fence. Three hundred and eighty-five feet separated Olson and the fence in right centerfield, Olson's shot covered all but two or three feet of that distance as Klein made a tough catch at full speed to record the penultimate out of the game.
UC Davis will travel to Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash., for its next three games, a weekend series beginning Friday, March 15, against the Seattle Redhawks. Friday's first pitch will take place at 4 p.m., live stats for all three games are available by clicking here.
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