May 17, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis broke a 1-1 tie in its half of the seventh inning by scoring four runs in Saturday's Big West Conference game at Dobbins Stadium to defeat the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors by 5-2 score.
Entering in the sixth inning for Aggie starter Spencer Koopmans, who struck out one batter and allowed only five hits, freshman reliever Justin Mullins earned his first victory as an Aggie.
By allowing only one run in his 1.2-inning appearance, Mullins helped push his team's record to 22-28 overall and 6-14 in league play; Hawai'i will enter Sunday's 1 p.m. rubber match with respective records of 20-29 and 4-16.
Called on by his head coach before action started in the top of the eighth, Raul Jacobson notched his third save of the year by closing Saturday's action with shutout baseball.
Each team scored their first runs of the day on sacrifice flies to center field; beginning with Seth Batty's in the third inning, Hawai'i responded with a matching effort in its next set of at-bats to pull even with the Aggies after four innings.
The score remained untouched until 10 UC Davis batters took their swings, against three Rainbow Warrior pitchers in the bottom of the seventh, to break the game wide open.
With one out already recorded, Kevin Barker and pinch hitter Brian Ruhm hit back-to-back singles to begin the Aggies' scoring run.
By booting a ground ball hit his way at third, Hawai'i's LJ Brewster allowed Batty to reach on a fielding error and lead the bases. After an unsuccessful appeal from UH head coach Mike Trapasso, who thought the ball ricocheted off Barker on his way to third before the error was committed, Scott Squier, the first of two Warrior relievers called to the bump that inning, entered the game.
Squier was able to record an out on his first batter faced; unfortunately for the southpaw, Tino Lipson
took one of his pitches deep to center, allowing Barker to score on the play.
Squier's appearance came to an abrupt conclusion after Tanner Biley hit a double down the left field line to drive in two Aggies, followed by a single to center from Steven Patterson which allowed UC Davis to score its fourth, and final out of the frame.
With the score now in the Aggies' favor by a 5-1 margin, Trapasso turned to his bullpen once again in an effort to neutralize UC Davis' hot bats.
Juliene Jones walked the first batter he faced, and followed that duel by hitting Nick Lynch to load the bases before inducing an inning-ending swinging strikeout to escape the seventh.
In all, 10 UC Davis batters scored four runs, recorded four hits and made the Rainbow Warriors pay for its one error committed.
By the time UH grabbed its bats to begin, what the team hoped was a comeback effort, UC Davis head coach Matt Vaughn summoned Jacobsen from his `pen to secure the result.
Needing only 27 pitches, Jacobsen threw the final two innings, gave up only two hits and fanned another two batters to help the Aggies secure a split of the first two games played this weekend.
Combined with the activity in the bottom of the seventh, a highlight-reel play turned by Patterson in the top of the sixth prevented Hawai'i from taking its first lead of the afternoon.
With two outs and Warriors on first and second, Patterson stretched out and hit the dirt to prevent a hard-hit ground ball from squirting past him. If the senior second baseman had not corralled the ball, one runner would have scored easily, and a textbook throw from right would have been needed to make a play at the plate on the second runner.
Instead, Patterson popped to his feet after snatching a would-be hit from UH left fielder Adam Hurley, and threw to first to end the inning.
First pitch for Sunday's series finale between Hawai'i and UC Davis will begin at 1 p.m.; links for live stats and an internet broadcast provided by KDVS are available at ucdavisaggies.com. Fans who are unable to make it to Dobbins can also listen KDVS' live call on their radio at 90.3 FM.
UC Davis 5, Hawai'i 2 (May 17, 2014 at Davis, Calif.)
Hawai'i............. 000 100 010 - 2 8 3 (20-29, 4-16 BWC)
UC Davis............ 001 000 40X - 5 7 0 (22-28, 6-14 BWC)
Pitchers: Hawai'i - Scott Kuzminsky; Scott Squier(7); Juliene Jones(7); Andrew Jones(8) and
Trevor Podratz. UC Davis - Koopmans, Spencer; Mullins, Justin(6); Jacobson, Raul(8) and
Win-Mullins, Justin(1-0) Save-Jacobson, Raul(3) Loss-Scott Kuzminsky(4-7) T-2:35 A-225
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees
Mullins faced 2 batters in the 8th.