April 14, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Paul Politi hit a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in game one while Nick Lynch drove in six runs in game two as the UC Davis baseball team claimed both games of a Saturday doubleheader against Pacific at Dobbins Stadium.
Dayne Quist outlasted a pitcher's duel with Pacific's Michael Benson in a 1-0 game one victory. UC Davis then went on to claim game two by a score of 9-7.
UC Davis snaps a seven-game losing streak and improves to 13-17 overall and 2-3 in Big West Conference play. Pacific drops to 10-24 overall and 0-5 in league action.
Quist threw his third complete game of the season and second complete game shutout, striking out nine batters while giving up only three hits to Pacific. He is now 5-0 on the year.
The senior lefty held a one-hitter through seventh inning, giving up a base hit to Allen Riley in the second inning. He walked Tyger Pederson, but struck out Carlos Gomez to end the inning. Quist would go on to retire the next 12 straight batters, striking out the side in the fifth, before Dustin Torchio singled up the middle for just the second hit of the day for Pacific.
Josh Simms' one-out double in the ninth was the Tigers' third hit of the day, but Simms was thrown out at third by Brett Morgan as he tried to stretch the hit into a triple.
Quist forced Torchio into a groundout to end the ninth, setting up Politi's heroics in the bottom half of the inning.
Politi hit the first pitch he received from Benson over the right field wall for his first home run of the season to win the game for UC Davis.
Both teams' bats came alive in the second game as the Aggies were led by Nick Lynch's 3-for-5 performance.
UC Davis took a 3-0 lead after Eric Johnson drove in Kevin Barker in the second, then Lynch's base hit down the left field line scored David Popkins and Tino Lipson, but Pacific responded with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth.
The Aggies, however, took back the lead with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Scott Kalush doubled down the left field line, Evan Heptig walked and Lipson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with just one out. Popkins' sacrifice fly brought home Kalush, then Lynch hit another two-RBI single to score Lipson and Heptig.
Torchio's fifth-inning single scored Simms, then Erik Lockwood's double scored Torchio as Pacific crept to within one run at 6-5.
UC Davis extended its lead, however, with another three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, thanks to Lynch's double into left center field. Popkins and Lipson each scored off of that hit, then Brett Morgan's RBI base hit up the middle allowed Lynch to score as well.
The Aggies warded off an eighth-inning threat by Pacific to keep their 9-5 lead. Lockwood was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, then back-to-back base hits from Riley and Pederson scored Lockwood. Taylor Murphy's pinch hit ground out scored Pacific's second run of the inning, but Harry Stanwyck forced the final two outs of the inning.
UC Davis turned a double play in the ninth to end the game with the 9-7 win.
Ben Burke picked up his first win of the season to move to 1-1 after entering the game in the fifth inning for Anthony Kupbens. Burke gave up two runs on two hits and struck out three in the win. Harry Stanwyck was credited with his third save of the year.
UC Davis and Pacific will close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.