Aggies Rally to Tie in the Ninth, Win in 10

Spencer Henderson's RBI single with two outs in the ninth scored teammate Kevin Barker with the tying run in Northridge on Sunday.
 
Spencer Henderson's RBI single with two outs in the ninth scored teammate Kevin Barker with the tying run in Northridge on Sunday.
 

May 4, 2014

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Spencer Henderson's two-out RBI single scored Kevin Barker with the tying run in the ninth and Adam Young came through with the game-winning, two-run double in the 10th, lifting visiting UC Davis to to a 3-2 win over Cal State Northridge on Sunday afternoon at Matador Field.

The Aggies improved to 19-24 overall and 5-13 in Big West Conference play, matching their win totals from all of last season in both categories with 11 regular season contests remaining and clinching their second league series of the year by taking two-of-three from the Matadors.

Northridge, which had won four straight from UC Davis entering the weekend, fell to 17-30 overall and 5-10 in conference play.

Held to just three hits over eight shutout innings by Matadors' starter Jordan Johnson, the Aggies found a way to rally against closer Shay Maltese (2-3) in the ninth down by a run and down to their last out. Barker extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a one-out single through the left side and moved into scoring position with two outs after pinch hitter Brian Ruhm was hit by a pitch.

That brought up Henderson, who rapped a 1-1 pitch from Maltese back up the middle into centerfield, bringing home Barker to tie the game. Maltese got a fly ball to end the inning, but ran into trouble again in the 10th, hitting two batters around a force at second to bring up Young, who lofted a 2-0 pitch into the left field corner for a double, scoring Evan Heptig and Tino Lipson to put UC Davis ahead for good, 3-1.


 

 

Cal State Northridge, which scored the first run of the game way back in the first inning, got a run back in the 10th off Aggies' closer Zach Stone (3-3), as hits by Alexis Mercado (single) and Nicolas Osuna (double) led-off the inning and a run-scoring groundout by William Colantono plated pinch-runner Devin Harrison and made it 3-2.

However, Stone stranded the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, inducing Ranny Lowe into a fly ball to right and Chester Pak into a foul out to Henderson at first around a walk to Ryan Raslowsky to close out the game.

Stone earned the win in relief, allowing the run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings of work in relief of starter Evan Wolf, who was spectacular in his 11th start of the season, allowing just a single run on six hits and striking out five in 8 2/3 innings. Wolf retired 10 straight at one point and stranded five on base during his start -- four of those in scoring position.

Maltese suffered the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of relief of Johnson, who stymied the UC Davis bats during his eight innings, retiring the first eight batters of the game -- and 12 of the first 13 -- while allowing just six base runners on the day.

Heptig led the Aggies with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, logging his fifth multi-hit game of the year, while Nick Murphy and Osuna led the Matadors with two hits apiece.

Following a mid-week clash at Nevada on Tuesday (May 6), UC Davis continues an eight-game road trip with a three-game non-conference series at Gonzaga on May 9-11 in Spokane, Wash.

UC Davis 3, Cal State Northridge 2 (May 04, 2014 at Northridge, Calif.)
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UC Davis............................. 000 000 001 2 - 3 6 1 (19-24, 5-13 Big West)
Cal State Northridge.............. 100 000 000 1 - 2 8 0 (17-30, 5-10 Big West)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Wolf, Evan; Stone, Zach(9) and Silva, Izaak. Cal State Northridge - Jordan Johnson; Shay Maltese (9); Anthony Cortez (10) and Nick Murphy; Dylan Alexander (10).
Win - Stone, Zach (3-3) Loss - Shay Maltese (2-3) T-3:24 A-210
Weather: Sunny, 80s, Wind SSE 11 mph