Kupbens, Hot Aggie Bats Shut Out Matadors

Eric Johnson's home run was his third of the year. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Eric Johnson's home run was his third of the year. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

April 30, 2011

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Eric Johnson, Scott Kalush and Justin Andrade each hit a home run and all nine batters recorded at least one hit as the UC Davis baseball team shut out Cal State Northridge 6-0 on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.

UC Davis moves to 11-25 overall and 5-6 in the Big West as the Aggies claimed their second conference series of the year. Cal State Northridge drops to 18-24 on the year and 1-10 in league play.

For the second straight game, the Aggies scored in the first inning as Seth Batty led off with a single, then moved all the way to third on a well executed hit-and-run play by Scott Heylman who singled in the next at bat. A double from David Popkins two batters later brought home both Batty and Heylman to give UC Davis a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Andrade scored on Heylman's second hit of the day to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead.

With one out in the fifth and the count even at 2-2, Johnson sent the next pitch he saw over the left field wall for his third home run of the season. Kalush followed that with his second homer in as many days as he connected on the first pitch he saw. The home runs were Johnson and Kalush's only hits of the day.

Andrade sealed the 6-0 win with his first career home run as the Aggie third baseman led off the eighth inning with a shot to left field.

Andrade was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI while Heylman went 2-for-5 as the remaining seven UC Davis batters each recorded a hit.

Steven Keller led Cal State Northridge offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double. Drew Muren was 2-for-4.

Cal State Northridge scattered eight hits off UC Davis starter Anthony Kupbens, but the Aggie left hander did not allow a run and only two Matador batters advanced past second base.

 

 

Kupbens gave up consecutive singles in the top of the eighth inning, then assisted on defense as UC Davis turned a double play for two quick outs. Josh Goossen-Brown hit a ground ball to Johnson at first base who fired a throw to Heylman to get Steven Keller out at second. Kupbens sprinted over to first as Heylman threw the ball back and the Aggie pitcher stepped on the base to get Goossen-Brown out.

Kupbens then held on to strike out Miles Williams and end the inning. He registered five total strike outs and improved to 4-5 on the year.

Nathan Slater was called on to close out the game in the ninth. After walking Tommy Simis on four straight balls, Slater settled in, forcing Kyle Attl to pop out to Johnson at first base. With a runner on second and one out, TS Reed hit a line drive into center field that looked as if it might fall for a base hit, but UC Davis center fielder Brett Morgan made a diving catch for the second out of the game. Slater then struck out pinch hitter Alex Muren to end the game.

Paul Tremlin drops to 2-4 as he was given the loss after allowed three runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings.

UC Davis will look for its first sweep of the year as the Aggies and the Matadors close out the series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.