March 28, 2014
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Senior Adam Young reached base safely for the 13th consecutive game with a fourth-inning single and senior Steven Patterson extended his hitting streak to four straight games on Friday night, but host and No. 5-ranked Cal Poly held the visiting Aggies to just four hits on the night en route to an 8-0 win at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The loss snapped UC Davis' four-game winning streak as the Aggies fell to 12-10 overall and 0-1 in Big West Conference play. The Mustangs, ranked in the top 10 among the four major national polls, won for the 11th time in 12 contests, improving to 21-4 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Young reached via a hit for the 11th time during his 13-game streak while Patterson's is the longest active hitting streak by an Aggie. Seth Batty and Kevin Barker also added singles on the night, but could not figure out Cal Poly starter Matt Imhof (6-1), who pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing only the four hits and striking out 13 on the night en route to the win.
UC Davis freshman right-hander Justin Mullins tossed four solid innings of hitless relief, walking a pair and striking out two, taking over for starter Harry Stanwyck (1-4), who allowed eight runs on eight hits, striking out three in four innings of work.
The Mustangs gave Imhof, who retired the first nine batters of the game before Batty led-off the Aggies' half of the fourth and then retired nine-straight before Patterson's single in the seventh, plenty to work with, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first to put the Aggies in a deep hole.
Jordan Ellis' RBI double capped the scoring in the frame that saw Cal Poly send 12 batters to plate, scoring their seven runs on six hits. After that rough beginning, however, the UC Davis staff settled down as Stanwyck and Mullins held the Mustangs in check to the tune of one run on two hits over the next seven innings while stranding five base runners.
The Aggies had their best chance to break through in the fourth as Batty and Young set the table with back-to-back singles, and Patterson sacrificed both into scoring position. Imhof, however, worked out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
Patterson then led-off the seventh with a hit and Barker followed three batters later with a two-out single to center, but both were stranded when Imhof, who finished with at least one strikeout in eight of the nine innings, struck out the side to end the threat.
The two teams meet in game two of the series on Saturday night (March 29) at 6 p.m., with sophomore Max Cordy (1-0, 4.87 ERA) taking the mound for the Aggies against Cal Poly freshman right-hander Justin Calomeni (5-1, 2.76 ERA).