May 6, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Craig Lanza struck out six batters en route to his first collegiate win while Nick Lynch hit his second home run in as many games as UC Davis took a 5-4 win over Cal Poly on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
UC Davis claimed the series and moves to 18-25 overall and 6-9 in the Big West while Cal Poly drops to 27-19 and 10-8 in league play. It was the first series win for UC Davis since defeating Pacific in 2 of 3 games Apr. 14-16 and is the fifth series win of the year.
Lanza's first collegiate win came in strong fashion after he struck out a career-high six batters and gave up just three hits, holding the Mustangs scoreless over 4.2 innings of work. He struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth inning for the win.
Lynch's two-run home run was his only hit of the game and came in the first inning as he took the very first pitch from Cal Poly starter Bryan Granger over the left field wall to give the Aggies a quick 2-0 lead.
UC Davis has now hit 10 home runs over the last 10 games.
The Aggies increased their lead by another two runs in the second inning after Eric Johnson doubled into right center field, then scored on a triple by Brett Morgan who came home on Evan Heptig's grounder to short, giving UC Davis the 4-0 lead.
Mitch Haniger halted the shut out with a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning after the 0-1 pitch from Spencer Koopmans went over the left field wall.
The Mustangs tied the game in the fifth inning after Tim Wise hit a two-run homer of his own in with one out, scoring Denver Chavez. Koopmans then walked Haniger before being relieved by Lanza who gave up a single to Jimmy Allen, the first batter he faced.
After Allen's base hit, he and Haniger both moved to third after Lanza's pick off attempt to second got past Tino Lipson and rolled into center field. Haniger scored the tying run on a grounder by David Armendariz to tie the game at 4-4 before Lanza struck out Alex Michaels to end the inning.
Mustang reliever Matt Imhof limited the Aggie offense, however, retiring 10 straight until David Popkins singled up the middle in the seventh inning. Imhof was replaced by Michael Holback, who gave up lead off double to Kevin Barker as the Aggies rallied for the final run of the game.
Barker moved to third on Paul Politi's grounder then Johnson singled up the middle to score Barker.
Lanza got out of an eighth-inning jam after hitting Michaels with a pitch, then giving up a sacrifice bunt to Nick Torres. With two outs, the Mustangs had a runner on third after Michaels' pinch runner Jordan Ellis advanced to third on a fly ball by Chris Hoo, but Lanza threw Chavez out himself after retrieving a bunt attempt that rolled straight back to the mound.
Lanza then struck out Mike Miller and Wise before forcing Haniger to hit a fly ball into right field to claim the win.
Johnson, Morgan and Lipson each went 2-for-4 in the run while Lynch drove in two runs. For Cal Poly, Wise went 3-for-5 with two RBI while Michaels was 2-for-3.
UC Davis makes a short road trip to face Nevada on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Peccole Park in Reno.