April 19, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Shortstop Adam Young smacked a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning and the UC Davis baseball team held on to defeat UC Riverside, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium for its first Big West Conference win of the season.
The Aggies (13-22, 1-9 Big West) posted four runs on eight hits with two errors while the second-place Highlanders (17-16, 6-4) tallied three runs on six hits with no errors.
UC Davis reliever Robert Parucha (3-1) picked up the win in the second straight game, after also doing so on Tuesday at Nevada. Parucha did not allow a hit in three scoreless innings after coming in for starter Harry Stanwyck to begin the sixth. Parucha only needed 33 pitches to get through three innings, and 24 were strikes. Redshirt freshman closer Max Cordy recorded his sixth after pitching the ninth.
"We got a typical Harry effort today," said head coach Matt Vaughn. "He wasn't great, but somehow he battled his butt off and kept us right there. Parucha was as good as he's been all year and Max came in and closed the door. Adam had a really big hit for us too. We've had a lot of opportunities like that this year and haven't gotten it done, but for him to get it done today was special and it made all the difference in the game."
Parucha and Cordy did not give up a hit to the Highlanders through the final four innings after Stanwyck allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks in five innings.
UC Riverside starter Dylan Stuart (3-4) was saddled with the loss after surrendering four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings with three walks and two strikeouts.
Young went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a run and a walk at the dish for the Aggies while right fielder John Williams went 3-for-4 as the leadoff man with a run scored. UC Riverside was paced offensively by catcher Clayton Prestridge's two hits.
UC Davis' previous three victories - Tuesday at Nevada, April 9 versus Saint Mary's and March 26 against Stanford - have all required come-from-behind efforts, and Friday's win over the Highlanders continued the trend.
UC Riverside took an early 2-0 lead but the Aggies answered with two runs in the bottom of the third. Young scored from third on a wild pitch and designated hitter Nick Lynch lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Williams in the next at-bat.
The Highlanders surged back ahead with a run in the fourth inning but Young eventually put the Aggies out in front for the first time with his clutch single in the sixth.
Second baseman Steven Patterson singled up the middle to start the sixth and moved to second on catcher Izaak Silva's single. Left fielder Tanner Bily dropped down a two-strike sacrifice bunt to advance both baserunners before pinch hitter Mike Mazzara lined out to left. That set up Young, who delivered a single through the right side on a 2-0 count to score both Patterson and Silva.
Parucha kept the Highlanders guessing in his three strong innings while Cordy needed a little bit of help from his defense to finish off the ninth. The closer issued a leadoff walk to UC Riverside third baseman Joe Chavez, but he was caught stealing for the first out. Cordy then followed with another walk, but pinch hitter Robby Witt rolled into a double play to end the game.
After claiming its first Big West win of the year, the Aggies will have two attempts at winning its first series since taking 3-of-4 from Washington in the season opener.
UC Davis will meet the Highlanders at 1 p.m. on Saturday for Picnic Day and close out the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. All fans recieve free admission to Saturday's game as part of the campus' Picnic Day festivities.
UC Davis 4, UC Riverside 3 (Apr 19, 2013 at Davis, Calif.)
UC Riverside........ 101 100 000 - 3 6 0 (17-16, 6-4 Big West)
UC Davis............. 002 002 00X - 4 8 2 (13-22, 1-9 Big West)
Pitchers: UC Riverside - Stuart, Dylan; Varela, Zach(6) and Prestridge, Clayton. UC Davis - Stanwyck, Harry; Parucha, Robert(6); Cordy, Max(9) and Brann, Spencer; Silva, Izaak.
Win-Parucha, Robert(3-1) Save-Cordy, Max(6) Loss-Stuart, Dylan(3-4) T-2:40 A-234
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