May 20, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Paul Politi went 3-for-4 while Dayne Quist struck out five in his first start since Apr. 27, but Cal State Northridge broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to claim a 6-3 win in the series finale on Sunday at Matador Field.
UC Davis snaps a four-game losing streak and stand at 24-29 overall and 10-11 in Big West action. The Matadors improve to 23-26 on the year and also own a 10-11 conference record.
Quist allowed five hits and gave up three runs, two of which were earned, while walking two in six complete innings of work. He retired the first four batters he faced and held the Matadors scoreless until the fourth inning. He retired the side in the fifth inning before leaving the game in the sixth with the score tied at 3-3.
UC Davis opened with two runs in the first inning after loading the bases with three straight base hits from Tino Lipson, David Popkins and Politi. Austin Logan brought home Lipson with an RBI base hit through the right side, then Eric Johnson's fielder's choice brought home Popkins.
Cal State Northridge tied the game at 2-2 after Adam Barry walked to lead off the inning, then Miles Williams and Nate Ring hit back-to-back singles to load the bases with nobody out. Quist struck out Steven Keller for the first out of the inning, but Marty Bowen reached on a fielder's choice which allowed Barry and Williams to score.
The Aggies responded in the very next inning, taking a 3-2 lead in the fifth after Barker was hit by a pitch with two outs. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and a throwing error on Matador shortstop Kyle Attl allowed Barker to score from second base.
UC Davis nearly took a 4-3 lead in the inning when Scott Kalush, who reached base on the error, tried to score on Brett Morgan's single into center field, but Kalush was thrown out at home to end the inning.
Cal State Northridge tied the game again in the sixth, taking advantage on two Aggie errors, for the 3-3 score.
Craig Lanza entered the game for Quist in the seventh and gave up a lead-off single, but retired the next three batters he faced to get out of the inning.
In the eighth, however, he hit Williams with a pitch, then walked Ring to put two runners on with nobody out. Keller gave the Matadors the 6-3 lead with a three-run homer into left center field.
Popkins hit a one-out double in the ninth, but Logan struck out and Johnson hit a line drive to the shortstop to end the game.
UC Davis returns to action on Tuesday at Saint Mary's at 3 p.m. before hosting UC Irvine in the final homestand of the season.