April 1, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. - Freshman Paul Politi led UC Davis offensively, going 2-for-4 with two RBI, but the Aggies fell to Cal State Fullerton 20-4 Thursday at Goodwin Field in the Big West Conference opener for both teams.
UC Davis moves to 12-10 overall and 0-1 im the Big West while Cal State Fullerton is now 13-11 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
The Titans jumped to an early lead, then put up nine runs in the sixth inning to increase their lead.
UC Davis began to generate their offense in the fourth inning when Daniel Cepin and Popkins hit back-to-back singles to reach base. Eric Johnson then loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch to set up Scott Lyman. Lyman made it safely to first base on a fielder's choice, however Titan third baseman Joey Siddons threw Cepin out at home plate. With the bases still loaded, Kyle Mihaylo popped up to second base, but Politi brought home Popkins for the Aggies first run of the game. Cal State Fullerton's Noe Ramirez then struck out Scott Kalush to end the inning.
Scott Heylman began the fifth inning with a double to right field, then scored off a single by Cepin. Cepin advanced to second after a throwing error by Titan shortstop Christian Colon, but Cal State Fullerton retired the next two Aggie batters to end the UC Davis threat.
UC Davis scored one run in the seventh inning when Joseph Medeiros singled to left field then advanced to third on a double by Justin Schafer. Medeiros took advantage of a wild pitch and crossed home plate for UC Davis' third run.
In the eighth inning, Politi singled up the middle, allowing Kevin Grove to score for UC Davis' final run of the game.
UC Davis' Dayne Quist picked up his second loss of the season after giving up 11 runs on 11 hits in five innings on the mound.
Noe Ramirez improved to 5-1 and gave up three runs on eight hits while striking out seven Aggie batters.
The series continues Friday with UC Davis lefty Anthony Kupbens facing Cal State Fullerton's right hander Daniel Renken. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.