May 13, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Kevin Barker went 2-for-4 while Craig Lanza threw 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, but the UC Davis baseball team managed just three hits off of Long Beach State starter Shawn Stuart as the Dirtbags avoided a series sweep with a 4-1 win over the Aggies on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium.
UC Davis moves to 20-27 overall and 8-10 in the Big West while Long Beach State improves to 25-23 overall and 12-6 in league play.
Paul Politi registered the only other Aggie hit of the day, going 1-for-3, while one of Barker's two hits was a double in the ninth inning.
Politi was also hit by a pitch to lead off the second inning, marking the 79th time this year that an Aggie batter has been hit. That number sets a UC Davis single-season record, eclipsing the 1994 total of 78.
Brett Morgan scored the only Aggie run to tie the game at 1-1 after he too was hit by a pitch to start the third inning. He stole second, then advanced to third on a Ryan Allgrove grounder. He crossed home after a pitch from Stuart got underneath Dirtbag catcher Kellen Hoime and rolled to the backstop.
Despite scoring the runs, the first Aggie hit of the day didn't come until the next inning when Politi started the fourth with a base hit.
The Dirtbags took a 2-1 lead after Aggie starter Spencer Koopmans gave up a home run to Richard Prigatano to lead off the fifth fourth inning. Long Beach State also put up single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the 4-1 win.
Koopmans was given the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings of work. He struck out two in his second consecutive Sunday start. Reliever Craig Lanza limited Long Beach State to just three hits in a solid effort out of the bullpen.
Stuart struck out two, walked two and hit two batters in his seven innings, while the one run he gave up to UC Davis was unearned. Eddie Magallon earned his first save of the season after entering in the eighth and striking out four Aggie batters.
UC Davis continues a busy stretch of games by hosting Hawai'i at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at Dobbins Stadium.