Baseball Holds Off Late Spartan Rally in 12-9 Win

Ben Burke held the Spartans to just two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work. (Wayne Tilcock)

May 15, 2012

Final Stats

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Kevin Barker went 2-for-5 while Paul Politi hit his second home run and drove in three runs and the UC Davis baseball team held off a late six-run rally by San Jose State to take a 12-9 win on Tuesday at Blethen Field in San Jose.

UC Davis has won four of its last five games and improves to 22-28 on the year while the Spartans now stand at 22-26.

The Aggies and Spartans were making up a rained out game from Mar. 17 while also finishing the Feb. 21 contest that was suspended in the top of the 12th inning due to darkness. San Jose State scored in the bottom of the 12th inning for the 4-3 win.

UC Davis' offense continued its momentum as the Aggies poured on a season-high 12 runs on nine hits. They took a 3-0 lead by the third, then scored three runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to go up 12-3.

Starting pitcher Ben Burke limited the Spartans to just two runs on five hits while striking out three in 5.2 innings of work. He earned the win to move to 2-4 on the year while D.J. Slaton was given the loss for San Jose State.

In the second inning, Brett Morgan's one-out double into right center field scored Scott Kalush, who drew a walk on a 3-2 count, for UC Davis' first run of the game. Morgan stole third, his team-leading ninth steal of the year, then Tino Lipson brought him home for the 2-0 lead.

Politi's solo homer came in the third inning as he took a 3-2 pitch into center field to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead. It was his second home run of the year.

San Jose State briefly cut into UC Davis' lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth when Caleb Natov's sacrifice fly brought home Nick Schulz who doubled to lead off the inning, but the Aggie offense put up another three runs to extend their lead to 6-1.



WIth one out, Barker hit his team-leading 15th double of the season, then moved to third after Eric Johnson walked and Scott Kalush was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and two outs, Austin Logan hit a pinch hit double into left center field, clearing the bases and bring all three Aggie runners home.

The Aggies took advantage of two Spartan errors in the top of the sixth to take a 9-1 lead, then another error by San Jose State allowed three additional runs to cross in the top of the seventh.

UC Davis owned a 12-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, but San Jose State nearly pulled off a rally after scoring six runs on four hits in their final chance at bat. Pinch hitter Richie Johnson walked to lead off the inning, moved to second then reached third after Andrew Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. Michael Reiling singled in between as the Spartans loaded the bases with no outs.

Jon Nelson was called in to pinch hit and singled into right field to score the first run of the inning. Aggie reliever Chris Levy struck out Will Hein for the first out of the inning, but Matt Lopez's sacrifice fly brought home another run.

Levy reloaded the bases by hitting Tyler Christian with a pitch and Michael DiRocco's single up the middle scored two runs, cutting UC Davis' lead to 12-7.

With two outs, Harry Stanwyck was brought in to replace Levy and gave up a double to Tim Quiery to allow two more runs to cross. He walked Johnson, then forced Kalei Contrades to ground out to preserve the 12-9 Aggie win.

UC Davis returns to Big West Conference action with a three-game series at Cal State Northridge beginning Friday at 3 p.m.