April 17, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis owned a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but Sacramento State scored four runs, then held off the Aggies for an 8-5 win on Tuesday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
UC Davis drops to 13-19 overall while Sacramento State improves to 20-18.
The Hornet win also gave Sacramento State 2.5 points in the Causeway Cup standings. UC Davis now holds a slim 45.0-40.0 lead in the rivalry.
The Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the first after Brett Morgan doubled down the right field line, then scored on Paul Politi's ground out to short. Sacramento State matched with a run of their own in the top of the second. Trevor Paine hit a two-out double, then came around to score on Clay Cederquist's RBI base hit to tie the score at one run apiece.
Spencer Brann's pinch hit single in the third scored two more runs as UC Davis jumped out to a 4-1 lead over its crosstown rival. Earlier in the inning, David Popkins singled, then Nick Lynch and Austin Logan drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with two outs. Austin March's hit towards the Hornet shortstop Scotty Burcham resulted in an RBI, bringing Popkins home.
That set up Brann's big hit as the sophomore singled up the middle to score Logan and Lynch and give the Aggies a 4-1 lead.
The Hornets kept it close, however, with two runs in the top of the fourth. Rhys Hoskins doubled down the left field line, then scored on an error by Aggie shortstop Adam Young. Burcham's ground out, meanwhile, scored Paine who had reached base safely on the Young error.
With a slim 4-3 lead, UC Davis put up another run in the fifth after Politi laid down a sacrifice bunt up the third base line to score Morgan to put the Aggies up 5-3.
After scoring a run in the fifth, the Hornets loaded the bases on Aggie reliever Ryan Lucas, then took advantage of two additional UC Davis errors to score three runs and take an 8-5 lead.
UC Davis was limited to just one hit in the final five innings of the game as Sacramento State held on for the win.
Garrett Kraemer picked up the win to move to 1-1 on the year while Ryan Lucas was credited with the loss to drop to 0-1. Brandon Creel picked up his first save of the year.
Offensively, UC Davis was paced by Popkins who went 2-for-5 while Politi and Brann each drove in two runs. Hoskins went 3-for-5 with two RBI for Sacramento State.
UC Davis embarks on an eight-game road trip beginning on Friday as the Aggies travel to face UC Riverside in a three-game Big West Conference series.