April 15, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Eric Johnson went 2-for-4 with a deep home run to left field, one of three total home runs that was hit during the game, but Cal State Bakersfield came back to score four runs in the top of the sixth, claiming a 6-3 win on Friday in nonconference baseball action at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
Johnson's solo shot tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second. The junior then hit an RBI single in the fourth inning to help UC Davis take a 3-1 lead.
The Roadrunners would score four runs in the top of the sixth, led by a two-run homer from Jeremy Rodriguez and would go on to take the 6-3 win.
UC Davis drops to 8-20 overall while Cal State Bakersfield improves to 23-8.
Cal State Bakersfield took an early 1-0 lead when Martin Medina led off the second inning with a solo home run of his own off Aggie starter Scott Lyman. Lyman gave up a base hit to Oscar Sanay in the next at bat, but the junior righty settled in to strike out the next three straight batters to end the inning.
The Aggies took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. David Popkins singled to start the offensive surge and Politi followed that with a bunt down the third base line that turned into a base hit. With two runners on and only one out, Johnson secured his second RBI of the day with a base hit to score Popkins. Daniel Cepin brought Politi home on a ground out.
Lyman continued to work efficiently on the mound, giving up only two hits from the third inning until the sixth inning while recording six strikeouts.
In the top of the sixth, however, Cal State Bakersfield scored four runs on five hits, including Rodriguez's two-run homer. Sanay singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored from second on a single by DC Legg who scored a run of his own after Kevin Younger hit a base hit to center field.
Cal State Bakersfield added one more run in the top of the eighth to claim the 6-3 win.
Politi also went 2-for-4 on the day while four other Aggie batters hit safely.
Rodriguez led the Roadrunners, hitting 2-for-5 with two RBI while Sanay went 2-for-3.
Mike McCarthy improves to 5-2 on the year with the win after allowing only three earned runs, striking out five and not allowing a walk in eight full innings. Martin Medina earned his sixth save of the year. Lyman drops to 1-4 overall.
UC Davis and Cal State Bakersfield continue the series on Saturday with a Picnic Day matchup beginning at 1 p.m. Anthony Kupbens, who currently owns the best ERA in the Big West Conference, will take the mound for UC Davis and will face Roadrunner lefty Jonathan Montoya.