April 9, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Scott Heylman went 4-for-5 with three runs and an RBI and David Popkins drove home five runs in a 2-for-4 performance, leading the UC Davis baseball team to its first series win of the season as the Aggies defeated Long Beach State 11-1 at Blair Field in Long Beach on Saturday.
UC Davis is now 7-18 overall and 2-3 in the Big West, winning a series for the first time this year. Long Beach State drops to 15-14 on the year and 2-3 in conference play.
After giving up a run in the bottom of the first, UC Davis tied the game with a run of its own in the top of the second. Eric Johnson led off with a base hit, then scored on an RBI base hit from Karl Kobler.
In the third, UC Davis took the lead and wouldn't look back after Popkins' triple down the right field line scored Heylman from first base.
The Aggies continued to dominate offensively with six runs on six hits and batted through the line up in the fourth inning, which was highlighted by a second triple from Popkins.
With one out, Kobler hit a base hit up the middle before scoring on an RBI single from Justin Andrade. Seth Batty and Heylman hit back-to-back singles in the next two at bats, with Heylman bringing home Scott Kalush to give the Aggies a 4-1 lead.
Popkins would clear the bases with his second triple of the game, giving UC Davis a 7-1 advantage and socring Heylman, Batty and Andrade. Daniel Cepin's double to left center field brought in Popkins and Kobler hit a fly ball to center field to close out the inning.
The Aggies added to their 8-1 lead with three more runs in the eighth inning. Pinch hitter Ryan Allgrove led off the inning with a base hit, then Batty walked and Heylman hit a single of his own to load the bases with nobody out. Dirtbag pitcher Matt Johnson hit Popkins with a pitch to bring around the first run and a sacrifice fly from Johnson scored Batty. The final run came via an RBI single from Cepin.
The 11 runs marks a season-high for UC Davis while the 15 hits ties a season-high.
Anthony Kupbens threw another solid game for UC Davis as the lefty went eight full innings and gave up the lone Dirtbag run, which was unearned, to go with six hits. He struck out two batters and walked one before being relieved by Harry Stanwyck in the ninth.
After giving up the unearned run in the first, Kupbens retired the side in the second and the third before giving up two hits in the fourth. Only one Dirtbag batter would reach base in the fifth, via an error, then would get only one hit in each of the remaining innings.
Kupbens moves to 3-3 on the year while Long Beach State's Branden Pinder drops to 1-4 after being given the loss.
Cepin went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Kobler was 2-for-5 and Justin Andrade hit 2-of-3.
Jeff McNeil led the Dirtbags offensively, hitting 4-for-4.
UC Davis and Long Beach State conclude the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Dayne Quist will start for UC Davis against Long Beach State's Shawn Stuart.