April 16, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis baseball team took an early 2-0 lead and held off several Cal State Bakersfield scoring threats, but the Roadrunners scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 6-2 win, and the series, on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium.
UC Davis drops to 8-21 while Cal State Bakersfield moves to 24-8.
In the first inning, UC Davis took a quick 2-0 lead. Brett Morgan led off with a base hit, then stole second before scoring on an error by the Roadrunner shortstop which allowed Eric Johnson to reach first base safely. Johnson also stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, then was sent home on a balk call.
Cal State Bakersfield put together three hits, loading the bases with nobody out, in the second inning. Aggie starter Anthony Kupbens struck out DC Legg before Paul Politi caught a line drive from Kevin Younger, then threw over to first to get Cael Brockmeyer out to end the inning.
The Roadrunners cut the Aggie lead to just one run after Chris Curtis led off with a solo home run to left field. Politi's diving catch on Andrew Letourneau's line drive sealed the first out of the inning and Kupbens retired the next two batters to get UC Davis out of the inning.
Cal State Bakersfield tied the game in the fourth inning, but would remain scoreless until the eighth inning. Kupbens held the Roadrunners to just one hit in the fifth and, despite allowing three runners on via two Aggie errors in the sixth, got UC Davis out of that jam before retiring the side in the seventh.
After scoring in the first inning, UC Davis would not score again as Roadrunner pitcher Jonathan Montoya held the Aggies to just three total hits as he threw his sixth complete game of the season.
Kupbens picked up the loss to move to 3-4 after giving up three runs on 10 hits in 7.1 innings while Montoya moves to 7-1 with the win.
Morgan led the way offensively for UC Davis, hitting 2-for-5 with a run while Scott Heylman recorded the only other Aggie hit.
Martin Medina was 3-for-5 with two RBI while Ryan McIntyre and Jeremy Rodriguez each had two hits for Cal State Bakersfield.
The teams close the series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.