Politi Homers Twice as Baseball Sweeps UCR

Steven Patterson went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs on Sunday.

April 21, 2013

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Paul Politi went 4-for-5 with two home runs and the Aggies scored in every inning but the third as the UC Davis baseball team defeated UC Riverside, 19-8, on Sunday afternoon to sweep a three-game Big West Conference series.

The Aggies (15-22, 3-9 Big West) won their fourth straight game after posting 19 runs on 19 hits with two errors. The Highlanders (17-18, 6-6), who entered the series tied for second in the Big West, tallied eight runs on 12 hits with two errors.

UC Davis starting pitcher Evan Wolf (2-2) picked up the win after allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks in five innings with two strikeouts. The Aggies' bullpen allowed just one run on four hits in the final four innings.

UC Riverside starting pitcher Mark Garcia (3-4) suffered the loss after giving up 10 runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in 3.2 innings with one strikeout.

Neither pitching staff recorded a 1-2-3 inning in the game as both teams saw every player in the starting lineup reach base safely at least once.

"We weren't playing well but we were playing hard in that tough stretch," said head coach Matt Vaughn about the Aggies' 0-9 start to Big West play. "To finally have our efforts rewarded with some wins, it's fun. We still have a lot of things to work on, but we've played some better baseball and this helps us going forward."

Politi's 4-for-5 day at the dish with two home runs, four runs scored and four RBIs highlighted the day, but his performance wasn't the only good one for the Aggies. Second baseman Steven Patterson was 3-for-5 with three runs and a game-high five RBIs, including a solo home run in the eighth. Patterson is on a seven-game hitting streak and has 16 hits in that span.

"A really exciting thing to come from this week is Politi and Patterson coming around," Vaughn added. "Both of them hit the ball really well."

UC Davis swept the Highlanders and, despite the prodigious run total, came from behind to win the finale. The Aggies have rallied from early deficits in each of their last six wins.

On Sunday, UC Riverside went ahead, 2-0, in the top of the first but the Aggies wasted little time in getting back into the game.

Nick Lynch hit a RBI single in the bottom of the first and Patterson tied it up with a sacrifice fly to center. UC Davis broke the tie with a big five-run second inning.

Kevin Barker scored on a balk and Mike Mazzara hit a RBI single to center before Politi crushed a three-run homer to left center. The Aggies were kept off the board in the third, but posted three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth, four in the seventh and two in the eighth.

Politi hit the first pitch he saw to leadoff the seventh inning deep over the left field fence for a solo shot. Patterson also homered, with a two-run shot to right in the eighth. Patterson also homered in the eighth inning in Saturday's 7-4 win.

The Aggies hit the road this week, with a midweek game at Santa Clara on Tuesday night before visiting UC Irvine for a three-game series starting Friday.

UC Davis 19, UC Riverside 8 (Apr 21, 2013 at Davis, Calif.)
UC Riverside........ 202 030 001  -  8 12  2   (17-18, 6-6 Big West)
UC Davis.............. 250 321 42X  - 19 19  2   (15-22, 3-9 Big West)
Pitchers: UC Riverside - Garcia, Mark; Gonzales, Donovan(4); Varela, Zach(5); Lingos, Angelo(7); Johnson, Jack(8) and Steponovich, Bart. UC Davis - Wolf, Evan; Williams, Zach(6); Parucha, Robert(8); Burke, Ben(9) and Silva, Izaak.
Win-Wolf, Evan(2-2)  Loss-Garcia, Mark(3-4)  T-3:01  A-312
HR UCD - Politi, Paul 2 (5); Patterson, Steven (2).
Weather: 87 degrees, sunny, NNW 9 MPH
Game: APRL21