April 15, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Tom Briner pitched his second complete game of the year, allowing just four hits and striking out six batters, but Pacific scratched out a run in the top of the fifth inning to claim a 1-0 win on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
UC Davis moves to 13-18 overall and 2-4 in Big West conference play, winning its fourth series of the year. Pacific picks up its first league win of the season, moving to 11-24 overall and 1-5 in the Big West.
"We pitched well enough to win three games, but this weekend is kind of the story of our year," said head coach Matt Vaughn. "Dane Quist's effort and Tom Briner's effort were outstanding. We got a great effort out of the bullpen yesterday in Ben Burke and Harry Stanwyck. We're not scoring a lot of runs. Fortunately, our pitchers are keeping them from scoring a lot of runs so we can stay in these games."
Briner did not give up a hit to Pacific until the fourth inning, when Erik Lockwood singled to right field, but the senior righty forced Jason Taasaas to ground out, then struck out Allen Riley to end the inning.
Taylor Murphy led off the fifth inning with a double into right field, moved to third on Curtis Gomez's fly ball into right field, then scored on Tyler Sullivan's ground out to give Pacific a 1-0 lead.
Briner retired the side in the sixth, then in the seventh Scott Kalush fired a throw down to third base, catching Riley off the base for the pick off and final out of the inning.
Briner walked three batters and threw 120 pitches in the loss, moving to 2-4 on the year.
Pacific's Mike Hager picked up the win to move to 3-2 overall. He allowed eight hits, but kept the Aggies scoreless in eight full innings of work. John Prato Matthews earned his third save of the year after entering in the ninth and holding off a late UC Davis threat.
In the ninth, David Popkins and Paul Politi hit back-to-back singles before Nick Lynch's grounder was collected by Pacific shortstop Josh Simms who threw Popkins out at third for the first out of the inning. Eric Johnson struck out, then Brett Morgan's ground ball was handled by Gomez at second base who retired Lynch to end the game.
Politi and Lynch each went 2-for-4 in the loss while Lockwood went 2-for-4 for Pacific.
UC Davis hosts Sacramento State on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium before embarking on an eight-game road trip.