Stockton, Calif. - Game-one pitchers' duels have turned into an annual event for the Pacific and UC Davis baseball teams, as the Aggies scored two runs in the top of the ninth for a 2-0 win in game one of the series.
Last season, Michael Benson and Dayne Quist matched zeros into the ninth before UCD walked off with a 1-0 win in game one. This year, LHP John Haberman tossed eight shutout innings, but Davis RHP Harry Stanwyck posted a complete game shutout victory.
Both runs for the Aggies were unearned, as an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt allowed two runs to score.
Haberman struck out seven in the no decision while scattering six hits. Stanwyck recorded four strikeouts against seven hits. All 15 hits in the ball game - eight for UC Davis and seven for Pacific - were singles.
1B Erik Lockwood picked up two hits in four trips, while CF Tyler Sullivan and LF Gio Brusa were each one for four, while 2B Tyger Pederson (one-for-three), RF Taylor Murphy (one-for-two) and PH Riley Drongesen (one-for-one) each added singles.
Pacific stranded runners on first and third in the first inning, Murphy at second base after a steal in the fifth, and Drongesen at third in the eighth.
Haberman pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in both the first and fifth innings, getting a double-play ball to end the fifth. He also coaxed a double-play with two on to end the eighth.
But in the ninth, the Aggies picked up back-to-back singles off RHP Patrick Weigel to open the frame. CF Kevin Barker laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt and Weigel's throw to third in an effort to get the lead runner sailed into the left field corner allowing both runners to score. Weigel struck out 2B Steven Patterson to end the inning, as the Aggies led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Pacific had tallied nine runs total in the ninth inning of the Tigers' last two games, both victories, but Stanwyck put down the side in order to improve to 4-6 on the year. Weigel falls to 0-2.
The Tigers drop to 12-32 overall, 4-15 in Big West play, while the Aggies move to 17-30 overall and 4-15 in BWC action.
Game two is Saturday at 2 p.m.
Baseball Edged By UC Davis In The Ninth, 2-0
May 10, 2013