April 9, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis baseball team slugged three home runs, including a three-run shot by third baseman Paul Politi in the eighth, and the Aggies won a wild, 16-15, game against Saint Mary's in a non-conference game on Tuesday afternoon at a windy Dobbins Stadium.
The Aggies (11-19) snapped a seven-game losing streak by scoring 16 runs on 16 hits with three errors. The Gaels (11-22) posted 15 runs on 17 hits and two errors. UC Davis battled back from both a 9-4 deficit in the third and a 14-10 hole in the eighth to defeat the Gaels.
"Even though we got down early, our guys kept playing hard and kept working for quality at-bats," said head coach Matt Vaughn. "Despite numerous mistakes, we stuck in there. You know going into a windy day like today, it's going to get ugly. Basically five fly outs went out of the park today. But we traded runs back and forth all game and it's good to get a win out of that."
UC Davis entered the game with three total home runs as a team in 2013, but with the wind howling from right to left, the Aggies had three on Tuesday afternoon alone. Saint Mary's also hit two home runs to left.
UC Davis reliever, freshman Zach Williams, picked up (1-1) picked up his first career win after getting the final two outs of the eighth. Redshirt freshman Max Cordy tallied his fourth save of the season after allowing one run on one hit in the ninth. Saint Mary's reliever Patrick Keane (1-4) suffered the loss after allowing six runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk in the Aggies' big eighth inning.
Before Politi provided some late game heroics, UC Davis had to battle back from its first deficit of the game.
The Aggies put themselves in an early hole as Saint Mary's scored three runs in the top of the first. The UC Davis offense was up to the challenge, however, and scored three runs of its own in the bottom of the first.
Right fielder John Williams led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a passed wall. Left fielder Seth Batty drew a walk and the bases were loaded when Politi was hit by a pitch. Second baseman Steven Patterson earned a bases loaded walk to bring home the Aggies' first run of the inning and designated hitter Nick Lynch followed with a sacrifice fly to plate another. Politi scored two batters later on another passed ball.
The 3-3 tie was short-lived, however, as the Gaels scored five runs in a big second inning, including a three-run homer by first baseman Collin Ferguson. After UC Davis scored a single run in the second, the Gaels tacked on another run in the top of the third and led, 9-4, until the sixth inning.
UC Davis reliever Robert Parucha did not allow a hit in the fourth, fifth or sixth innings, giving the Aggies' offense a chance to rally, and they capitalized in the bottom of the sixth.
UC Davis scored six runs on five hits in the sixth take a one-run lead. Center fielder Kevin Barker led off with a single to left center and moved to second on shortstop Evan Heptig's single to right. Both scored when Williams smashed his first homer of the season down the left field line. Saint Mary's brought on a reliever after Williams' bomb, and he recorded two quick outs. But the Aggies weren't done in the sixth. Patterson was hit by a pitch and advanced to second when Lynch drew a walk. Reserve catcher Izaak Silva singled past a diving first baseman to score Patterson. First baseman Austin Logan followed with a single up the middle to score Lynch and Silva came home on a passed ball to give the Aggies a 10-9 lead.
Saint Mary's didn't go quietly and responded with two runs in the seventh to take back the lead and went up 14-10 with three runs in the top of the eighth.
Having already rallied once, the Aggies simply had to do it again. And again they did.
Lynch led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo blast. An error allowed Silva to reach and he moved to second on a single by Logan. Heptig walked to load the bases for Williams, who tallied his fifth and sixth RBIs of the game, by singling to left field and driving in Silva and Logan. That set up Politi, who crushed his third home run of the season and the Aggies' third home run of the game high and deep over the fence in left.
Saint Mary's made it interesting in the ninth, with a solo home run to left on the first pitch from UC Davis closer Cordy. But the redshirt freshman retired the next three batters in order for his fourth save of the year.
Williams finished 4-for-6 at the plate, including his three-run homer in the sixth, with a career-high six RBIs and three runs scored. Austin was 3-for-5 with a run and a RBI while Politi was 2-for-5 with his three RBIs, all coming on his game-winning home run in the eighth.
Fergerson led Saint Mary's at the dish by going 4-for-5 with two runs score and three RBIs, all on his three-run homer in the second. Third baseman Anthony Villa was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs.
The Aggies will hit the road this weekend for a three-game set at Big West Conference foe Long Beach State.
UC Davis 16, Saint Mary's 15 (Apr 09, 2013 at Davis, Calif.)
Saint Mary's........ 351 000 231 - 15 17 2 (11-22)
UC Davis............. 310 006 06X - 16 16 3 (11-19)
Pitchers: Saint Mary's - ANDERSON, Mark; OUTRAM, Kelsey(1); CORTESE, Thomas(6); DELLASERRA, David(7); KEANE, Patrick(8) and MCLOUGHLIN, Ian; ELLISON, Trevor. UC Davis - Burke, Ben; Parucha, Robert(2); Lanza, Craig(7); Hennessey, Patrick(8); Williams, Zach(8); Cordy, Max(9) and Brann, Spencer; Silva, Izaak.
Win-Williams, Zach(1-1) Save-Cordy, Max(4) Loss-KEANE, Patrick(1-4) T-3:14 A-134
HR SMC - FERGUSON, Collin (4); O'BRIEN, Shawn (2).
HR UCD - Williams, John (1); Politi, Paul (3); Lynch, Nick (2).
Weather: 71 degrees, sunny, N 18 MPH
ANDERSON faced 4 batters in the 1st.
OUTRAM faced 3 batters in the 6th.
Parucha, R. faced 2 batters in the 7th.
Lanza, C. faced 3 batters in the 8th.