Baseball Drops Thriller at No. 21 Cal Poly

Paul Politi drove in the game-tying run in the ninth inning.

March 30, 2013

Box Score

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The UC Davis baseball team scored two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings but Cal Poly's Chris Hoo hit a walkoff single in the 13th and the Aggies lost, 6-5, to the No. 21 ranked Mustangs in a Big West Conference game on Saturday at Baggett Stadium.

The Aggies (10-15, 0-3 Big West) scored five runs on 13 hits with a season-high five errors while the Mustangs (20-6, 3-0) pulled off the series sweep after posting six runs on 15 hits with no errors. UC Davis had runners in scoring position in both the 11th and 12th innings but couldn't bring home the game-winning run. The Aggies fell one run short of the Mustangs for the second time in the series, after losing 5-4 in game one.

Cal Poly closer Reed Reilly (2-1) picked up the win after giving up one run on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings. UC Davis closer Max Cordy (4-2) suffered the loss despite allowing just one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Cordy's longest apperance of the season before Saturday was 2.2 innings against Nevada on March 12.

UC Davis starting pitcher Evan Wolf had gone at least five innings in four straight weekend starts before being lifted after allowing four runs on eight hits in three innings on Saturday. The junior from Clovis, Calif., had not allowed more than two earned runs in each of his previous six appearances this year and the Aggies were 5-1 in those games.

Down 5-2 to start the eighth inning, the Aggies scored two runs to make it manageable. Third baseman Paul Politi scored on a single by first baseman Nick Lynch and second baseman Steven Patterson scored on another single by designated hitter Cameron Olson.

Politi brought UC Davis all the way back and forced extras when he singled in shortstop Tino Lipson with one out in the ninth.



But Cal Poly broke the tie in the 13th inning, when the Mustangs led off with a single and put another man on after the Aggies' fifth error of the game. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Cordy got pinch hitter Tim Wise to strike out swinging but Choo connected on the first pitch he saw in the next at-bat for the walkoff single.

The Aggies took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Right fielder John Williams led off the game with a single up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch. Left fielder Seth Batty dropped down a sacrifice bunt to push Williams up to third. Politi hit a ground ball out to second but Williams was able to score.

UC Davis tacked on another run in the second inning. Lynch led off with frame with a double down the left field line. Lynch moved to third when Olson singled to second and the bases were loaded when catcher Spencer Brann drew a full-count walk in the next at-bat. Center fielder Kevin Barker earned another walk to bring home Lynch but a double play and a fielder's choice ended the bases-loaded threat.

Down 2-0, Cal Poly got both runs back in the bottom of the second inning and took the lead with a two-run fourth. The Mustangs added another run in the sixth and the game-winner in the 13th. Small ball worked for Cal Poly, as it scored three runs on singles, two on sacrifice flies and one on a sacrifice bunt.

UC Davis was paced offensively by Batty, Patterson, Lynch and Lipson, who each had two hits. Politi had a team-high two RBIs.

The Aggies' bullpen was responsible for the Mustangs' run in the sixth, ending a streak of 11.2 scoreless innings over four games by UC Davis relievers.

UC Davis will visit rival Sacramento State on Tuesday before hosting No. 5 ranked Cal State Fullerton at Dobbins Stadium for a three-game set starting Friday afternoon.

Cal Poly 6, UC Davis 5 (Mar 30, 2013 at San Luis Obispo, CA)
UC Davis............ 110 000 021 000 0 -  5 13  5      (10-15, 0-3 Big West)
Cal Poly............  020 201 000 000 1 -  6 15  0      (20-6, 3-0 Big West)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Wolf, Evan; Lanza, Craig(4); Williams, Zach(6); Hennessey, Patrick(7);
Cordy, Max(7). Cal Poly - Granger, Bryan; Chris, Taylor(6); Holback, Michael(7);
Reilly, Reed(8).
Win-Reilly, Reed(2-1)  Loss-Cordy, Max(4-3)  T-4:25  A-1350
Weather: Partly cloudy, 61 deg., 6-10 W
Game: MAR30