April 11, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Tino Lipson went 3-for-4 while Paul Politi and Nick Lynch each recorded two hits, but Sacramento State took an 11-4 victory over the UC Davis baseball team on Wednesday at John Smith Field in Sacramento.
UC Davis picks up its seventh straight loss to move to 11-17 overall while Sacramento State improved to 17-16.
The win also gave Sacramento State 2.5 points in the Causeway Cup standings. UC Davis now holds a 45-35.83 lead and will have a chance to avenge the loss when the Hornets visit Dobbins Stadium on Apr. 17.
Hornet starter Ty Nichols earned the win, his first of the year, after giving up just one run on two hits and striking out five Aggie batters in five complete innings on the mound. Evan Wolf gave up two runs on two hits and had one strikeout in 3.1 innings as UC Davis' starter, receiving the loss to move to 0-3.
A two-run home run by Hunter Adrian in the second inning started the Hornets' offensive production as Sacramento State took a 2-0 lead.
UC Davis responded with a run in the third after Evan Heptig was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, moved to third on a base hit by Lipson, then scored after David Popkins hit into a double play.
Sacramento State nearly had another run in the fourth inning after Rhys Hoskins led off with a long fly ball into left center field. It looked like Hoskins would hit the Hornets second homer of the day until Aggie center fielder Brett Morgan robbed Hoskins of the hit. The senior sprinted from center field and climbed the outfield wall to make the spectacular catch.
Sacramento State, however, put up another two runs in the fifth inning to go up 4-1 after Scotty Burcham doubled down the left field line and Aggie reliever Craig Lanza walked back-to-back batters to load the bases. Ben Burke entered for Lanza, but gave up a base hit to Hoskins which scored both Burcham and Derrick Chung.
With a four-run sixth inning, Sacramento State increased its lead to 8-1. Adrian's one-out single was followed by a base hit by Andrew Ayers before Burcham walked to load the bases. Chris Levy
entered to relieve Burke, but gave up two hits which led to all four Hornet runs.
UC Davis responded with a strong seventh inning rally, scoring three runs on five hits. Lynch led off with a single, advanced on a wild pitch, came to third on Morgan's base hit up the middle, then scored on a Scott Kalush sacrifice fly.
Pinch hitters Kevin Barker and Austin Logan each contributed base hits, scoring Morgan, before Lipson's sacrifice fly scored Barker. David Popkins hit a two-out single down the right field line, moving pinch runner Adam Young to third, but Politi struck out to end the inning.
Trailing just 8-4 entering the bottom half of the seventh, Sacramento State scored three runs of its own to take back the lengthy lead and go up 11-4 before holding off Aggie threats in the eighth and ninth to claim the win.
UC Davis returns to Dobbins Stadium for a three-game Big West Conference series against Pacific, beginning Friday, Apr. 13 at 2:30 p.m.