May 22, 2012
MORAGA, Calif. - Kevin Barker went 4-for-5 with three RBI while Brett Morgan scored a career-high four runs as the UC Davis baseball team took down Saint Mary's in a 7-2 win on Tuesday at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga.
UC Davis improves to 25-29, avenging a Mar. 19 loss. The Aggies have now won seven of their last nine games. Saint Mary's drops to 23-27 overall.
In addition to his four runs, Morgan went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He and Paul Politi, who hit a solo home run in the first inning to put UC Davis on the scoreboard, were both hit by pitches, raising UC Davis' single-season total to 95.
The Aggie offense was complimented by a strong performance by the pitching staff which limited the Gaels to just five hits. Evan Wolf picked up the win to move to 3-4 on the year after holding Saint Mary's to just one run on three hits. He was relieved by Spencer Koopmans who struck out a career-high six batters in three innings of work while limiting the Gaels to just two hits and one run.
Politi took an 0-2 pitch over the right field wall for his second home run in the last five games to get UC Davis going. Barker followed in the second inning with his first RBI single of the day, hitting a pitch from Gael starter Ben Griset into the gap in left field to score Morgan, who doubled with one out to reach base.
With UC Davis holding a 2-0 lead, Saint Mary's responded with a solo homer of its own when Patrick Wisdom took a 1-0 pitch from Wolf into left field in the bottom of the second.
Wolf settled in, however, and kept UC Davis on top, retiring ten straight batters until giving up a base hit in the fifth inning. With two outs though, Wolf forced Ricky Boas to ground out to end the frame.
Morgan's second run of the day gave UC Davis a 3-1 lead in the sixth after the Aggies loaded the bases with just one out. Morgan and Ryan Allgrove hit back-to-back singles, then Evan Heptig drew a walk to set up another RBI base hit from Barker.
Koopmans entered in the sixth and retired the side, but Wisdom managed his second home run of the game, hitting the first pitch he saw over the left field wall to start the seventh inning. The freshman Koopmans, however, conned the next three Gael batters into swinging strikeouts to leave the inning with the 3-2 lead.
The Aggies opened things up in the eighth, scoring three runs on three hits. After Barker scored Morgan for the third time, Austin Logan doubled into right center field to bring home Barker and Heptig and give the Aggies the 6-2 lead.
Koopmans opened and closed the bottom of the eighth with two more strikeouts, then Morgan scored the Aggies' final run of the game when he singled into left field, moved to second on a balk, then scored from second on Allgrove's base hit through the left side.
With the 7-2 advantage, Harry Stanwyck entered in the ninth and retired all three Gael batters in a row to secure the Aggie victory.
UC Davis closes out the 2012 season with its final series of the year, hosting UC Irvine beginning Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium.