March 17, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. - Third baseman Paul Politi had two hits and right-hander Evan Wolf pitched six solid innings, but host Seattle University was able to battle back from a two-run deficit and hold off UC Davis in the ninth, recording a 3-2 nonconference baseball win on Sunday afternoon.
UC Davis, which split a doubleheader with the Redhawks on Friday, fell to 8-12 while Seattle matched that record with its win. Second baseman Cash McGuire picked up a pair of hits to help lead the Redhawks' offense.
The Aggies scored single runs in the first and third innings and Wolf made them stand up until Seattle was able to score twice in the sixth and again in the seventh for a 3-2 lead.
Catcher Cameron Olson's one-out single in the ninth gave UC Davis a chance. Seth Batty was hit by a pitch one out later and pinch-hitter Tino Lipson walked to load the bases. However, reliever Eric Yardley was able to get an infield grounder to retire the Aggies and record his third save.
UC Davis jumped to a 1-0 lead early in the game when second baseman Steven Patterson hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring designated hitter Mike Mazzara who had singled. Mazzara then added a sacrifice fly of his own two innings later, bringing in shortstop Evan Heptig who opened the frame with a double to right.
Wolf helped keep Seattle in check, limiting the Redhawks to just one hit through the first five innings. He didn't allow a runner into scoring position with less than two outs during that time and retired seven straight batters from the end of the third through the fifth innings.
Center-fielder Chase Fields, however, led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and moved to third on a passed ball with one out. An infield groundout scored Fields with the first run, while three straight hits - the final one an RBI single to center from McGuire - tied the game.
An unearned run after two throwing errors allowed right-fielder Landon Cray to score after stealing second, bringing home the eventual game-winning run.
Starter Ted Hammond pitched seven innings for Seattle, giving up five hits and no walks while striking out one. He picked up the win, improving to 1-0. Relief pitcher Pat Hennessey fell to 0-1 for UC Davis.
Politi had two hits to lead the Aggies' six-hit attack. Mazzara, Olson, center-fielder Kevin Barker and Heptig each had one hit.
UC Davis will take a break from the schedule in order to take final exams. The Aggies will return to the field on Mar. 25 when they travel to San Jose State for a nonconference game.