April 28, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Kevin Barker hit a two-run home run in the third, Tino Lipson went 3-for-5 and UC Davis put up 16 hits on UC Santa Barbara to take a 10-6 win on Saturday in the second game of a Big West Conference series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
UC Davis evens the series at one game apiece, moves to 16-22 overall and now stands at 4-7 in Big West play. UCSB drops to 22-19 and 8-6 in league action.
Barker's two-run shot marked his second consecutive homer after he hit a solo home run against the Gauchos on Friday. He went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
Scott Kalush mirrored his freshman teammate with a three-run home run of hiw own in the fifth inning, scoring John Williams and Austin Logan. It was the senior's second home run of the season and marked the first time since Apr. 30, 2011 that UC Davis hit multiple home runs in the same game.
In the third inning, Lipson led off with a base hit, then scored from first on David Popkins' double into left center field. Popkins would be picked off at second base, but Paul Politi singled into center field. Barker brought him in to score on his home run and UC Davis took a 3-1 lead.
The Aggies tacked on a fourth run after Lipson hit his second single of the day with one out in the fourth inning, then advanced all the way to third base on a fielding error by UCSB left fielder Lance Roenicke. Popkins' fielder's choice brought Lipson home as UC Davis took a 4-1 lead.
Kalush took a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall with two outs in the fifth inning to score Logan, who singled then stole second, and Williams, who drew a walk. The Aggie senior gave UC Davis a 7-2 advantage.
UC Santa Barbara came back strong in the seventh inning, however, scoring four runs on three hits and using one Aggie error to get within one run. Marc Venning led off with a base hit, moved to second on Ryan Palermo's ground out, then reached third on pinch hitter Steven Fisher's single.
Venning scored on the next at bat, then Lance Roenicke hit a three-run home run of his own to move the score to 7-6.
Three more runs in the ninth gave the Aggies back the 10-6 lead. Adam Young scored on a wild pitch, then Ryan Allgrove doubled into left center field to score both Eric Johnson, who entered as a pinch runner for Logan, and Barker, who doubled for his second hit of the day.
On the mound, Aggie starter Anthony Kupbens went seven full innings, giving up just two earned runs and eight hits. He struck out three batters before being relieved by Harry Stanwyck who struck out three and kept the Gauchos hitless over the final two innings.
UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.