May 18, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Eric Johnson went 3-for-5 while Brett Morgan drove in three runs as the UC Davis baseball team claimed a 9-5 victory over Cal State Northridge on Friday in a Big West Conference matchup at Matador Field in Northridge.
UC Davis wins its third straight game to improve to 23-28 overall and 9-10 in Big West play. Cal State Northridge drops to 22-25 and also stand at 9-10 in league action.
The Aggies scored four runs in the second and third innings, then put up another run in the top of the fourth to jump out to a 9-0 lead which they would never relinquish.
Anthony Kupbens and Spencer Koopmans combined to hold off the Matadors as Kupbens struck out six in the win. He improves to 4-4 after giving up just three earned runs on six hits. Koopmans closed the game out for UC Davis, limiting Cal State Northridge to just one run on one hit over two innings of work.
Johnson got the first set of Aggie runs started with a single up the middle, then moved all the way to third after Scott Kalush's base hit in the next at bat. Morgan's first RBI of the day came after an error by Matador third baseman Michael Livingston and the Aggies took a 1-0 lead.
From there, Tino Lipson's double into right center field brought home Kalush and Morgan, then David Popkins doubled Lipson home to give UC Davis the 4-0 advantage.
Kupbens retired the side in the second, then the Aggie offense continued to dominate. Paul Politi led off the top of the third with a single down the left field line, moved to second on a passed ball, then came home on Kalush's grounder to second base. With nobody out and runners on second and third, Morgan drove home both Kevin Barker, who drew a walk to reach base, and Johnson, who singled, for the 7-0 lead.
A second double by Popkins brought home Morgan to put UC Davis up 8-0.
Kupbens held the Matadors off again, holding Cal State Northridge hitless in the third, then Politi was hit by a pitch to start the fourth and scored on Kalush's RBI base hit into left field.
The first Matador hit came in the fourth inning when Nate Ring hit a two-out single to start a small rally. Steven Keller followed with a home run into left center field to cut the Aggie lead to 9-2.
Cal State Northridge put up another two runs in the fifth, then added one in the eighth after Miles Williams was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a base hit from Ring. With Kyle Attl batting, Ring stole second and the throw by Kalush was high, allowing Williams to score.
Koopmans held the Matadors hitless in the ninth however to preserve the 9-5 win.
The series continues on Saturday at 1 p.m.