May 8, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Trailing 8-2 in the top of the ninth, the UC Davis baseball team scored six runs with two outs to tie the game at 8-8, but Nevada claimed a 9-8 win with a squeeze play at the plate on Tuesday at Peccole Park in Reno.
UC Davis drops to 18-26 overall while Nevada moves to 27-21 on the year.
After John Williams and Ryan Allgrove each grounded out, Tino Lipson started an epic Aggie rally that featured six runs on six hits with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.
Lipson singled through the gap into right field before pinch runner Drew Lassen moved to second on a wild pitch by Nevada reliever Matt Gardner, who then walked David Popkins to put runners on first and second with two outs.
Pinch hitter Austin Logan's double into right center field scored Lassen from second while Popkins moved to third to set up Spencer Brann's two-RBI single up the middle. Popkins and Logan each came home on the hit and UC Davis trailed just 8-5.
Paul Politi's single moved Brann to second as the Aggies kept runners in scoring position with two outs. A second wild pitch from Gardner moved both runners up and Kevin Barker's double into the left field corner scored Politi and Brann, cutting Nevada's lead to just one run.
Gardner was replaced by Colby Blueberg, who immediately gave up a single to Eric Johnson. Johnson's flare on an 0-2 pitch hit Blueberg's glove and, with the other Nevada defenders out of position, Johnson reached first and moved Barker over to third.
The inning continued in a big way for UC Davis after Blueberg hit Mike Mazzara
with a 1-2 count, then hit Allgrove with a 3-2 count to load the bases then score a run and tie the game at 8-8. Austin March
struck out to end the inning.
Aggie reliever Harry Stanwyck struck out Ryan Teel to start the ninth, but Jameson Rowe doubled down the right field line, then moved to third after Barker bobbled the ball in the outfield.
With one out and the bases loaded, Ray McIntyre laid down a bunt that Stanwyck could not flip to Brann in time. Rowe scored on the squeeze play and Nevada claimed the 9-8 win.
The loss went to Stanwyck who dropped to 2-4 on the year while Blueberg picked up the win to move to 1-2 overall.
Both teams combined to use 41 players in the game.
Nevada got on board in the first after Kewby Meyer's sacrifice fly scored Jay Anderson, who singled down the right field line to lead things off for the Wolf Pack.
UC Davis responded with two runs in the fourth. After Politi drew a walk with one out, Barker's fly ball into center field turned into a triple after the ball got under the glove of Rowe in center field. The ball went all the way to the wall and Barker ended up on third while Politi scored. Johnson's base hit into the gap in right field scored Barker to give UC Davis a 2-1 lead.
Nevada, however, put up three runs in the fourth, then added two more runs in the fifth. Additional runs in the sixth and seventh gave the Wolf Pack the 8-2 lead before UC Davis staged their comeback in the ninth.
UC Davis returns home to Dobbins Stadium for four straight games, starting with a three-game series against Big West Conference foe Long Beach State.