April 3, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Scott Heylman hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to give UC Davis a 2-1 lead, but 12th-ranked Cal State Fullerton scored twice in the seventh and added a run in the eighth to take a 4-2 win in the series finale on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
UC Davis moves to 5-17 overall and 0-3 in the Big West Conference while Cal State Fullerton improves to 20-8 on the year and 3-0 in league play.
After giving up a run to the Titans in the first inning, starting pitcher Dayne Quist and the UC Davis defense held Cal State Fullerton scoreless until the seventh.
The Aggies retired six straight until Nick Ramirez hit a base hit to lead off the fourth. Eric Johnson, however, put two quick outs on the board after turning a double play all on his own. Johnson fielded a ground ball from Tyler Pill and stepped on first base to get Pill out, then threw down to Scott Heylman at second base to throw out Ramirez.
UC Davis held off a Cal State Fullerton scoring threat again in the fifth. The Titans had the bases loaded with only one out, but the Aggies pulled off a successful double play to end the inning.
Quist held the Titans to only one hit in the sixth before Cal State Fullerton took the lead back in the seventh inning. After a leadoff single by Casey Watkins, who then stole second, Blake Barber doubled to right field to score Watkins then came around to score on an Ivory Thomas single.
Cal State Fullerton scored again in the eighth when Ryan Lucas entered the game to relieve Quist and gave up an RBI double to Michael Lorenzen. After Aggie catcher Scott Kalush threw out Lorenzen as he tried to steal third, Nathan Slater was called in from the bullpen and forced Chad Wallach to fly out to end the inning.
In 7.1 innings, Quist struck out six and walked only one, but was given the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits.
The Aggies tied the game in the third with a run by Daniel Cepin. Cepin singled to right center field then moved all the way to third base on a base hit by Justin Andrade in the very next at bat. Brett Morgan grounder to first then allowed Cepin to score. Andrade advanced to third base on a balk call but, with two outs, Paul Politi struck out to end the inning.
Heylman's solo shot over the left field wall came in the fifth inning and gave UC Davis their first lead of the series. His homer was the only multiple-base hit for the Aggies during the three-game series.
Heylman finished 1-for-4 on the day while Scott Lyman was 2-for-4 and Cepin went 2-of-3. David Popkins and Andrade also recorded hits.
For Cal State Fullerton, Nick Ramirez went 3-for-3 while Watkins was 2-for-3. Barber also hit 2-for-3 for the Titans.
UC Davis begins a four-game road trip on Monday when the Aggies face Nevada at Peccole Park in Reno before continuing Big West Conference play against Long Beach State at Blair Field in Long Beach.