April 24, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Sophomore Evan Wolf took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, giving up just two runs on two hits for his first collegiate win as UC Davis defeated San Francisco 5-2 at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday.
UC Davis moves to 15-21 overall while San Francisco drops to 19-25.
Over the course of the first seven innings, Wolf walked two and hit one batter but kept the Dons hitless. The first walk San Francisco drew didn't come until the bottom of the third as Wolf retired the first six batters he faced, striking out Adam Clear to end the first.
After walking Bob Cruikshank to start the third, Wolf retired another seven straight Dons until hitting Ted Lemasters with a pitch with one out in the fifth. Wolf, however, closed out the inning, then retired the side in the sixth.
He walked Clear to lead off the seventh, then forced Nik Balog to foul out before Matt Chavez doubled to the wall in right center field for San Francisco's first hit of the game.
"Evan's had a couple of outings like this," said head coach Matt Vaughn. "He had a great start at Arizona and another great midweek start earlier in the year, but one or two things went wrong and it snowballed a little bit. To go into the seventh with no hits is pretty spectacular. Yesterday, the team put it on themselves to be better in midweek games and on Sundays and for him to come out and respond to that for his first collegiate win is pretty special."
Wolf received support from his defense as well in the win. In the fifth inning, Chavez hit a hard grounder that skirted the edge of the third base line, staying fair. Paul Politi made a diving stop, grabbed the grounder and fired across to Eric Johnson at first base who used his 6-foot-5 frame to stretch and make the out.
Later in the inning, Cruikshank's line drive into center field was snatched up by Brett Morgan who made a diving save to prevent the hit.
After Chavez's double in the seventh, Wolf struck out Lemasters, but pinch hitter Tom Barry hit a two-RBI single into left field for San Francisco's only runs of the game. Spencer Koopmans entered for Wolf, forcing Bradley Zimmer to ground out to second and end the inning.
Harry Stanwyck would close the game out for his fourth save of the year. He gave up just one hit, but struck out two in two innings of work.
Offensively, UC Davis took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after David Popkins doubled into right field, then came home on a base hit by Politi. Politi moved to second on a passed ball before coming around to score on Nick Lynch's single into right field.
With the 2-0 lead, Popkins took a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for his team-leading fifth home run of the year.
The Aggies tacked on another two runs in the eighth inning. Politi ended up with a double to lead off the frame after Zimmer lost the long fly ball into right field in the sun. The ball fell next to Zimmer and Politi was in to second base standing up.
From there, Johnson hit a flare single over the head of the shortstop Clear, allowing Politi to score from second. Johnson would score a run of his own after Spencer Brann's pinch hit single into right field. Brett Morgan nearly added a third run in the inning, but a strong throw from Zimmer found the catcher Chavez and Morgan was called out at home.
"I'm very happy that we competed," said Vaughn. "We'll score two or three runs early in the game, but then not score again. Today we were able to put up another two runs with some timely hits later in the game. We needed all of that. It shows you that if you throw strikes and compete, you can win ball games."
UC Davis continues its eight-game road swing with a three-game series at UC Santa Barbara beginning on Friday.