April 9, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis sophomore Dayne Quist outlasted Long Beach State's Andrew Gagnon to lead the Aggies to a 3-2 victory in a pitcher's battle at Dobbins Stadium Friday. With the victory, UC Davis improves to 13-12 on the year and pick up their first Big West Conference victory to move to 1-3 while Long Beach State drops to 13-13 overall and 2-2 in conference action.
Quist struck out seven batters, tying a season-high, and walked only two Long Beach State batters in 8.1 innings on the mound. He gave up two earned runs on five hits, using only 96 pitches to guide UC Davis to the win, and now stands at 5-2 overall.
"It was impressive the way he bounced back after a real tough outing at Fullerton last week," said UC Davis head coach Rex Peters. "I think he showed a lot of character coming back with a quality start this weekend."
Quist nearly threw his first shutout of the season as he did not allow a Dirtbag across home plate until Devin Lohman hit a two-run homer over the wall in left center field in the top of the ninth inning. In addition, the lefty kept Long Beach State hitless until the fourth inning.
Junior Matthew Lewis earned his first save of the year as he entered in the bottom of the ninth and struck out Joey Terdoslavich swinging and caught Steve Tinoco looking to seal the win.
For Long Beach State, Andrew Gagnon recorded four strikeouts and two walks in 5.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits to move to 3-4 on the season. All three Aggie runs, however, were scored from errors by the Long Beach State infield.
UC Davis generated enough offense to reach base, but no Aggie runner would advance past second until the bottom of the sixth inning. Popkins reached first after being hit by a pitch, then moved to second after Scott Lyman walked. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch by Gagnon then scored off a throwing error by Terdoslavich at third base. Terdoslavich fielded a chopper from Kyle Mihaylo, then overthrew the ball to first baseman Steve Tinoco.
The Aggies picked up their third run in the seventh inning after Paul Politi
reached first base off a fielding error by Lohman at shortstop. Politi then advanced all the way to third when pitcher Nate Underwood's pickoff attempt sailed over the head of Tinoco at first base and into the outfield. Pinch hitter Daniel Cepin
hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring Politi hime and give UC Davis the 3-0 advantage.
Lohman's homer in the bottom of the ninth cut the Aggie lead down to 1, but Lewis was able to preserve the win.
"Baseball is a funny game," said Peters. "You can have a weekend where it seems like everything goes wrong and then play well. That's the good thing about baseball. It's a sport that's meant to be played often, almost every day, and it's a new day. It's a new weekend."
Long Beach State posed a threat early in the game when Terdoslavich doubled down the left field line to start the fifth inning, then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tinoco. Quist then walked designated hitter Kirk Singer, bringing TJ Mittelstaedt to the plate. The UC Davis defense stepped up however and was able to turn a double play to keep Terdoslavich from scoring.
Lyman led the UC Davis offense, going 2-for-3 with one run.
Due to expected rain in the forecast for Sunday, UC Davis and Long Beach State will play a doubleheader Saturday at Dobbins Stadium. The first game will begin at 11 a.m. with the second game set to start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.