March 18, 2012
By Sean Maraz
Athletics Communications Intern
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis baseball team found great success in its doubleheader games against the San Jose State Spartans Sunday afternoon due to two outstanding complete-game pitching performances from Dayne Quist and Anthony Kupbens.
Amidst hail delays, the Aggies dominated the first game from a defensive and offensive standpoint, winning 4-0. Defensively, starting pitcher Quist threw a complete game shutout, making him 3-0 on the season. The second game proved to be slightly more difficult for the Aggies as they scrambled out a victory, winning 2-1. Kupbens pitched his first complete game with no walks and four strikeouts.
Quist held a no hitter through 52/3 innings and had six strikeouts. Quist explained, "I just went out there and tried to stay in the same rhythm that I have been in and throw strikes."
Other Aggies played great defense, most notably center-fielder Brett Morgan, who, in the bottom of the eighth inning, with two Spartan runners in scoring position, made a spectacular diving catch that ended the inning.
Offensively, the Aggies amassed 12 hits. Designated hitter Nick Lynch was 3 for 4 with a double, two singles and an RBI. Catcher Scott Kalush was 3 for 4 with three singles and an RBI. Right fielder Kevin Barker also had a good game, going 2 for 5. UC Davis had single runs in the first and second and then added two more in the fourth.
San Jose State finished with only four hits. Left-fielder Kalei Contrades had one while right-field Nick Schulz, third baseman Caleb Natov, and second baseman Jacob Valdez, also had one hit during the game.
Kupbens allowed nine Spartan hits in the second game, five of which occurred in the first three innings. Offensively, the Spartans started off strong with three hits and their only run in the first inning. However, Kupbens battled through the Spartans' early success and finished the game on a high note, striking out the side in the ninth inning to win the game.
Offensively, the Aggies only had four hits but put together a solid inning in the third to put up their only two runs. The inning was sparked by a double from Barker, who went 1 for 3 on the game.
Both the Aggies and the Spartans played great defense, combining for three double plays throughout the game. In the fourth inning of the first game, Evan Wolf turned one all on his own, catching a line drive, then stepping on first base to get the runner out. UC Davis had their second double play of the day in the sixth inning of game two, while San Jose State produced one in the fourth inning of the second game.
UC Davis coach Matt Vaughn was pleased with his two pitchers and his team
"Dayne is feeling it right now. All we have to do is give him the ball," he said. "Offensively, we put together a good inning in the second game," he added. "We got a big double from (Kevin) Barker and then we had two great at-bats. They were both groundouts, but they scored two runs and that's something we worked on all year and executed well today."
"Kupbens' performance was awesome," said Vaughn. "He left some pitches up early, but buckled down and got it done."
The UC Davis baseball team moves to 10-8 on the season after the doubleheader victories at Dobbins Stadium. The Aggies play Monday at home against Saint Mary's. The game will begin at 2:30 pm.