April 7, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. -
Spencer Brann had two hits for UC Davis but host No. 14 Cal State Fullerton scored five times in the first inning and nine times over the first four on its way to an 11-0 Big West Conference baseball win on Saturday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
The victory, coming on the heels of two nail-biting 5-4 wins, gave the Titans a three-game sweep over the Aggies. UC Davis fell to 11-16 overall and 0-3 in the Big West while Cal State Fullerton improved to 21-10 and 5-1.
The Aggies collected nine hits in the game, all of them singles, while center-fielder Michael Lorenzen and designated hitter Anthony Hutting each had two, including doubles, for the Titans. Brann single to right field in the fourth inning and through the right side in the seventh for UC Davis.
Cal State Fullerton rallied for a pair of one-run wins on Friday and Saturday but used a big first inning to fuel an early lead in the series finale. It scored five times in the first before adding single runs in the second and fourth innings, sandwiched around two in the third.
Lorenzen, Carlos Lopez and Hutting had RBI hits with no outs in the first against UC Davis starter Tom Briner before shortstop Matt Chapman's two-run single to right-center made it 5-0. Lorenzen had an RBI double in the second and Austin Kingsolver added two more with a double in the third.
Pinch-hitter J.D. Davis had a sacrifice fly to cap a two-run eighth for the Titans who scored their final two runs in that frame.
The Aggies had runners in scoring position in four innings but two of them came with two outs. They opened the ninth with hits by right-fielder Kevin Barker and first baseman Nick Lynch but Titans reliever Tyler Peitzmeier was able to pick up two strikeouts and a groundout to end the game and UC Davis' best scoring threat.
Grahamm Wiest (2-3) went six innings to earn the win. He didn't have any strikeouts but allowed just four hits and a walk. Briner (2-3) went three innings, giving up eight runs and nine hits with a walk and a strikeout. Five UC Davis pitchers saw action in the game.
Other Aggie hits were picked up by second baseman Tino Lipson, left-fielder David Popkins, center-fielder Brett Morgan, pinch-hitter John Williams and catcher Scott Kalush.
The game brought to an end a six-game roadtrip for UC Davis which will play five of its next six at Dobbins Stadium beginning with a 2:30 p.m. game on Tuesday against Fresno State.