April 10, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis defeated Long Beach State 10-8 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader to win the three game series over the Dirtbags at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
The Aggies now stand at 14-13 overall and 2-4 in Big West Conference action while Long Beach State moved to 14-14 on the year and 3-3 in league play.
"Long Beach State is a storied program with a lot of tradition so I'm happy with the weekend," said head coach Rex Peters. "I feel like we're back on the right track with winning this series."
In game one, UC Davis struck early and took advantage of Dirtbag pitcher Jake Thompson's struggles. The Aggies scored twice in the first inning, then put up six runs in the second inning to jump to an 8-0 lead.
The Aggies hit back-to-back singles to in their first at bats to put Justin Schafer and Daniel Cepin on base. Both runners advanced on a well-placed bunt by David Popkins, who also reached base. Eric Johnson's sacrifice fly to brought Schafer home and Cepin would score on a wild pitch.
In the second inning, freshman Seth Batty started the offense with a single through the right side, then stole second base before advancing to third on a second wild pitch from Thompson who would total three on the day. Thompson walked Scott Kalush and Schafer to load the bases, then walked Cepin, allowing Batty to score.
Kalush and Schafer would score later in the inning to put UC Davis up 5-0, before redshirt freshman Paul Politi's
double to left center field cleared the bases for three more Aggie runs.
Scott Lyman held Long Beach State scoreless through the first five innings and limited the Dirtbags to only four hits until the sixth inning. Long Beach State would go on to score eight runs over the course of the final four innings to threaten briefly but Matthew Lewis held the Dirtbags at bay to pick up his second save of the weekend.
In 6.1 innings on the mound, Lyman allowed five earned runs on 10 hits while striking out four and walking one. He now stands at 2-3 on the season.
The Long Beach State bats came alive in the second game with the Dirtbags jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. Long Beach State put up three more runs in the fourth inning and the seventh inning, then scored twice in the ninth for an 11-0 victory.
Long Beach State's Branden Pinder threw a complete game, shutting out the Aggies and allowing only three hits.
Freshman CJ Blom moved to 1-1 on the year after giving up six earned runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings of work.
UC Davis returns to action Tuesday for a midweek matchup against San Francisco at 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium. The Aggies then host San Jose State at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.