April 5, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Senior Adam Young and junior Kevin Barker combined for four of UC Davis' six hits on the night, but the Aggies could not solve Cal State Fullerton starter Grahamm Wiest, who struck out nine in eight innings of work to help lift the No. 18 Titans to a 7-1 win and even their Big West Conference series on Saturday night in front of 1,989 at Goodwin Field.
UC Davis had its brief two-game winning streak snapped with the loss, falling to 14-13 overall and 1-4 in Big West play. The Titans, who had lost three straight entering the night, improved to 15-11 overall and evened their league record at 1-1.
The Aggies had allowed just two runs over the course of their last two contests before a scuffling Fullerton offense found a groove Saturday night. The Titans pounded out 10 hits in the win, including a 3-for-4 night by Tanner Pinkston, who also scored twice and drove in a run.
Just like in Friday night's win for UC Davis, Fullerton used a big inning to break open a close game, scoring three times in the fourth. Clay Williamson's run-scoring ground out broke a 1-1 tie, Keegan Dale added a squeeze to play Greg Velazquez, and Jared Deacon's RBI single back through the box capped the rally for a 4-1 Titan advantage.
Fullerton added a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to back its starter on the mound in Wiest (2-3), who retired eight in a row at one point before giving way to Chad Hockin in the ninth. Hockin allowed a one-out double to pinch-hitter Evan Heptig before retiring the side with a ground ball and a strikeout to nail down the win.
Sophomore right-hander Max Cordy (1-2) suffered the loss for the Aggies, charged with four runs on five hits, walking three and striking out one. Spencer Koopmans took over in the fifth and allowed three runs on five hits in his two innings of work before junior right-hander Raul Jacobson finished, striking out three in a pair of hitless innings.
The Titans got on the scoreboard first with a run in the second on an RBI single by Dale, but UC Davis equalized with two outs in its half of the third. After a ground ball and a strikeout, Seth Batty
doubled to left and came around to score one batter later when Young laced a single to left center, plating his teammate to tie the game.
Entering the week as one of the nation's top hitters, Young's two hits allowed him to reach base safely for the 18th consecutive game -- 14 of those via a hit -- while Barker's two-hit night marked his team-high 12th multi-hit game of the season.
The two teams meet in the rubber game of the series on Sunday (April 6) at 1 p.m. as senior Evan Wolf (2-2, 5.46 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for UC Davis. Cal State Fullerton has yet to name a starter.