May 16, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- Nick Lynch and Spencer Brann each roped two-out singles to set the stage for a big ninth-inning rally, but host UC Davis came up a run shy, leaving the tying run at second base and falling by the score of 2-1 to visiting Hawai'i in the opener of a three-game series on Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
In only the second-ever meeting on the Mainland between the two programs, the Aggies fell to 21-28 overall and 5-14 in Big West Conference play, playing in their 16th one-run game of the season (7-9 in those contests). The Rainbow Warriors snapped a six-game conference losing streak with their victory, improving to 20-28 overall and 4-15 in league play.
After a strikeout and a ground out, both Lynch and Brann sent the second pitches they saw to center and left field, respectively, against Scott Squier, to bring up Austin March, who battled the count even before Squier got the junior to chase for strike three and end the game.
It was the first save of the year for Squier, nailing down the win for starter Matt Cooper (5-5), who allowed a single run on seven hits, walking a pair and striking out seven.
Senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck (3-7) suffered the loss for the Aggies, going the distance for the second time in his career, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out three. It was the first complete game for the Castro Valley, Calif., native since May 10, 2013, when he shutout Pacific, 2-0, in Stockton.
UC Davis got to Cooper early after Hawai'i's senior right-hander had entered the game with a 1.68 ERA and a .212 average against in 13 starts this season. A single to right by Seth Batty led-off the Aggies' half of the first before moving all the way to third on a pair of ground balls for Steven Patterson. The UC Davis senior second baseman came through in the clutch, lacing a 2-0 pitch back through the box and into centerfield for a 1-0 lead.
The Aggies' offense kept the pressure on Cooper and the Rainbow Warriors, with two more hits in th second, and single knocks in the third and sixth innings, but could not break through against the right-hander, leaving three runners in scoring position in the first three innings and five overall for the game.
Cooper retired eight straight at one point, including inning-ending double plays in the third and sixth innings, keeping his team within striking distance before Hawai'i found its stroke for a pair in the seventh. Stanwyck, who finished with 135 pitches on the day, started the inning off strong, getting a fly ball and a ground ball for two quick outs before Austin Wobrock singled back up the middle.
Trevor Podratz then came on to pinch-hit for the Rainbow Warriors and promptly looped a 2-1 offering into the gap in right centerfield that just got under the glove of a diving Tanner Bily, rolling all the way to the wall to score Wobrock and tie the game.
That brought Stephen Ventimilia to the plate, who worked the count full before squibbing a ball to second that Patterson was unable to make a play on, scoring Podratz with the go-ahead run. Ventimilia finished 3-for-4 with all three of his singles failing to get out of the infield.
After going down in order, the Aggies got a runner to third in the eighth after Batty walked, was sacrificed to second, and moved all the way to third on a wild pitch, but Marc Flores made a diving stab to rob extra bases on a ball hit by Bily and Squier got Patterson to chase to end the inning.
Patterson, appearing in only his third game since returning from an injury that kept him out for a month, finished 3-for-4 for the Aggies, while Batty added two hits at the top of the order. It was the third, three-hit game of the year for Patterson, who now has 14 multi-hit games on the season, while Batty logged his eighth multi-hit game of the year.
The two teams return to the diamond on Saturday at 1 p.m. for game two of the series with junior right-hander Spencer Koopmans (4-2, 3.03 ERA) scheduled to take the mound for UC Davis against right-hander Scott Kuzminsky (4-6, 3.12 ERA) for Hawai'i.
Hawai'i 2, UC Davis 1 (May 16, 2014 at Davis, Calif.)
Hawai'i............. 000 000 200 - 2 7 0 (20-28, 4-15 BIG WEST)
UC Davis............ 100 000 000 - 1 9 2 (21-28, 5-14 BIG WEST)
Pitchers: Hawai'i - Cooper, Matt; Squier, Scott(8) and Young, Tyler; Podratz, Trevor. UC Davis - Stanwyck, Harry and Brann, Spencer.
Win-Cooper, Matt(5-5) Save-Squier, Scott(1) Loss-Stanwyck, Harry(3-7) T-2:28 A-228
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