Big Inning Dooms Baseball at No. 21 UC Irvine

Austin March singled in a run and scored in the eighth inning.
 
Austin March singled in a run and scored in the eighth inning.
 

April 27, 2013

Box Score

IRVINE, Calif. - No. 21 ranked UC Irvine used a five-run fourth inning to pull away and the UC Davis baseball team lost to the Anteaters, 8-2, on Saturday afternoon in a Big West Conference game at Anteater Ballpark.

The Aggies (15-25, 3-11 Big West) posted two runs on 10 hits - their third straight loss with 10 or more hits - to go with one error. The Anteaters (27-12, 9-5) scored eight runs on 12 hits with no errors.

UC Irvine starter Matt Whitehouse (4-4) picked up the win after allowing two runs on seven hits in 7.2 innings with one walk and eight strikeouts. UC Davis starting pitcher Spencer Koopmans (1-6) was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs on five hits in 3.1 innings with two walks, two wild pitches, two hit batters and four strikeouts.

Steven Patterson, the reigning Big West Field Player of the Week, extended his hitting streak to 10 games after going 1-for-4 on Saturday. First baseman Nick Lynch continued his strong play in the series, going 2-for-4 with a RBI. The sophomore is 5-for-7 though the first two games against the Anteaters.

After UC Irvine took an early, 1-0, lead in the first, it remained that score until the fourth, when the Anteaters opened it up.

UC Irvine tallied just three hits in its five-run fourth, but the Anteaters' cause was helped by two walks, two hit batters and a wild pitch in the inning. UC Irvine pushed across two more run in the sixth inning to take an 8-0 lead and the Aggies remained scoreless until the eighth.

Adam Young hit a one-out double to left and scored on Austin March's pinch-hit single to left. After a strikeout, Paul Politi singled up the middle to move March to second. March came home in the next at-bat, as Lynch singled to left.

The finale of the three-game series between UC Davis and UC Irvine is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

UC Irvine 8, UC Davis 2 (Apr 27, 2013 at Irvine, CA)
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UC Davis............ 000 000 020  -  2 10  1      (15-25, 3-11)
UC Irvine............ 100 502 00X  -  8 12  0      (27-12, 9-5)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Koopmans, Spencer; Parucha, Robert(4); Burke, Ben(7). UC Irvine - Whitehouse, Matt; Brock, Evan(8).
Win-Whitehouse, Matt(4-4)  Loss-Koopmans, Spencer(1-6)  T-2:15  A-484
Weather: 73 degrees
Game: APRL27