April 2, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior left-hander Anthony Kupbens held 12th-ranked Cal State Fullerton to only one run on six hits and the UC Davis baseball team registered nine hits, but the Titans claimed a 7-0 win on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
The Aggies move to 5-16 overall and drop to 0-2 in Big West Conference play while the Titans improve to 19-8 overall and 2-0 in conference play, clinching the conference-opening series.
Kupbens and the UC Davis defense held Cal State Fullerton to only one run until the ninth inning when the Aggies gave up six runs.
After giving up a single to Tyler Pill to start the second inning, Kupbens walked Michael Lorenzen, then retired six straight until Nick Ramirez singled in the fourth. The Aggies turned a double play immediately following the base hit, before Kupbens forced Lorenzen to hit a grounder to short for the third out.
UC Davis held Cal State Fullerton hitless in the fifth, then, with one out in the sixth, Kupbens prevented a runner from moving into scoring position with an incredible defensive play. Richy Pedroza hit a high chopper that appeared to be going over Kupbens' head, but the junior used his 6-foot-3 frame to leap up and make the catch. As he fell to the ground, he was able to throw the ball to Aggie shortstop Scott Heylman who was at second base and made the catch for the second out of the inning.
The Aggie offense recorded at least one hit in all but the first and sixth innings as six different UC Davis batters combined for the nine total hits.
UC Davis also recorded two hits in the eighth inning when Daniel Cepin led off by turning a bunt into a successful base hit. Politi moved Cepin over to second with a sacrifice bunt of his own, then Popkins put Cepin on third with a single through the right side. Eric Johnson, however, hit into a double play to end the inning and the Aggie scoring threat.
Popkins was 2-for-4 while Johnson and Heylman went 2-for-3 to lead UC Davis.
Cal State Fullerton capitalized on an Aggie error to start the ninth inning as the Titans put up six runs on four hits. Lorenzen led off the inning by safely reaching after a throwing error by Heylman, then came around to score on an RBI double from Anthony Hutting who would score on an Anthony Trajano base hit. Two more runs came across on a double by Ivory Thomas, who scored on a sacrifice fly from Pedroza. Nick Ramirez hit a solo home run to right field to conclude the Titan scoring run.
Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Thomas was 2-for-3 and Pill was 2-for-5.
UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton conclude the three-game series on Sunday as junior left-handed pitcher Dayne Quist starts for the Aggies while Pill takes the mound for the Titans. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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