May 5, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Nick Lynch and Brett Morgan each hit home runs and Tom Briner struck out five in seven innings of work, but Cal Poly put up eight runs in the final three innings to claim a 12-7 win over UC Davis in a Big West Conference series at Dobbins Stadium on Saturday.
UC Davis drops to 17-25 overall and 5-9 in Big West play while Cal Poly moves to 27-18 and 10-7.
Cal Poly took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third after stringing together five hits against Briner. Mitch Haniger's single to short scored Mike Miller who had singled up the middle to reach base with one out. With the bases loaded, Briner walked David Armendariz to allow a run to cross before Alex Michaels' base hit down the left field line scored Haniger. Chris Hoo's sacrifice fly was the second out of the inning, but gave Jimmy Allen the opportunity to score the fourth run of the inning before Briner struck out Tommy Pluschkell to end the frame.
Morgan led off the bottom half of the inning in a big way, hitting his first home run of the season over the left field wall.
Briner gave up just one hit and one walk over the next two innings and UC Davis took the lead with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, three of which came on Lynch's home run to left field.
Evan Heptig led off with a single, then Tino Lipson doubled down the right field line to put runners on second and third with nobody out, setting up Lynch's big hit. The sophomore hit the first pitch he saw over the left field wall to score three runs and tie the game at 4-4.
Kevin Barker and Paul Politi scored the final two runs of the inning to give UC Davis a 6-4 lead after Barker singled up the middle, then moved to second on Politi's base hit through the gap into left field. The two pulled a double steal, then Mustang catcher Hoo's pickoff attempt to third skirted away from Allen at third, allowing Barker to score. Politi would come around on a Scott Kalush ground out.
Haniger tied things up for Cal Poly in the seventh, however, with a deep two-run home run to left field, scoring Tim Wise who singled up the middle with one out.
The Mustangs turned up the offense in the eighth, scoring five runs on reliever Ben Burke to claim a commanding 11-6 lead. Nick Torres hit a solo home run to left field in the ninth for the 12-6 advantage.
Tino Lipson led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple, then scored on Popkins' sacrifice fly for the 12-7 final score.
The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.