Errors Costly as Gauchos Take Opener from Aggies

Senior Spencer Brann extended his hitting streak to five straight games with his two hits and an RBI on Thursday against UC Santa Barbara.

May 22, 2014

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Visiting UC Santa Barbara took advantage of a season-high four errors by the UC Davis defense to plate five unearned runs and pull away from the host Aggies to take the opener of their Big West Conference series by the score of 7-1 at Dobbins Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

UC Davis fell to 23-29 overall and 7-15 in conference play, dropping the opening game of a three-game league series for the fifth consecutive weekend. The Gauchos won their fifth straight in the series with the Aggies, improving to 32-17-1 overall and 10-12 in the Big West.

Of UC Davis' 13 hits on the day, 12 were singles as the Aggies out-hit their visitors by a 13-10 count on the day, but could only push across a single run on an RBI single by Spencer Brann back through the box in the second inning, scoring Adam Young to cut into a two-run UCSB lead.

Seven of the nine starters in the UC Davis batting order finished with hits -- five of those with multiple hits -- as the offense finished with multiple hits in an inning in six of the nine frames on the day. The Aggies left nine runners on base for the game -- five of those in scoring position -- but hit into three double plays to stifle rallies in the third, seventh, and eighth innings.

Junior right-hander Spencer Koopmans (4-3) pitched into the sixth, but suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run (five overall) on seven hits in five innings of work, striking out a pair. Max Cordy (one earned over three innings) and Connor Detko (one hit over the final inning) closed out the game.



Justin Jacome (8-2) earned the win for the Gauchos, allowing just the single run on nine hits while striking out a pair, working out of numerous jams during his time on the mound. Kenny Chapman allowed four hits over two scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.

Both sides went down in order in the first before a pair of errors plated two runs for UCSB in the second. Robby Nesovic reached on an error and scored two batters later when Cameron Newell's single to center was misplayed. Ryan Clark added an RBI single following a fly ball that should have ended the inning for a 2-0 advantage.

The Aggies cut the deficit in half in their half of the second, but the Gauchos got it back in the third, loading the bases before UC Davis traded a run for two outs, turning a double play as Joey Epperson scampered home to make it 3-1.

A walk and a single were the only damage against the Aggies in the fourth and fifth innings before UC Santa Barbara put the game out of reach with a three-run sixth, again, thanks to a pair of miscues. Scott Quinlan reached on an error and scored on Newell's double to the right-field corner, while a sacrifice and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners with one out.

Jackson Morrow's squeeze successfully brought home Newell and five UCSB a four-run lead for Epperson, whose double-play ball to the right side, was thrown away on the turn, allowing Clark to come home for a 6-1 advantage. A two-out single and a double by Newell, who finished 3-for-4, closed out the scoring in the seventh.

Tino Lipson, Steven Patterson, Nick Lynch, Brann, and Kevin Barker, all finished with two hits to pace the Aggies' offense, which reached double digits in hits for the 22nd time this season.

Game two of the series begins on Friday afternoon (May 23) at 2:30 p.m., with senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck (3-7, 5.45 ERA) scheduled to face Gauchos' right-hander Austin Pettibone (4-1, 2.79 ERA).

UC Santa Barbara 7, UC Davis 1 (May 22, 2014 at Davis, Calif.)
UC Santa Barbara.... 021 003 100 - 7 10 0 (32-17-1, 10-12 BIG WEST)
UC Davis................. 010 000 000 - 1 13 4 (23-29, 7-15 BIG WEST)
Pitchers: UC Santa Barbara - Jacome,Justin; Chapman,Kenny(8) and Morrow,Jackson. UC Davis - Koopmans, Spencer; Cordy, Max(6); Detko, Connor(9) and Brann, Spencer.
Win-Jacome,Justin(8-2) Loss-Koopmans, Spencer(4-3) T-2:50 A-267
Koopmans faced 2 batters in the 6th.