Seventh-Inning Homer Gives UC Davis Win Over Pacific Baseball, 5-4

May 7, 2011

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Scott Lyman's two-run home run in the seventh gave UC Davis a 5-4 win over the Pacific baseball team Saturday night at Klein Family Field. Sophomore 3B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) went two-for-four with two runs batted in for the Tigers and SS Josh Simms (La Mesa, Calif.) ran his hit streak to 15 games, tied for the longest in the Big West Conference this season.

Senior RHP Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) pitched a complete game for Pacific, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits while equaling his season-high with seven strikeouts, but was saddled with the loss (4-6) after Lyman broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh with his third home run of the season.

The Tigers scored first for the 10th consecutive ballgame, as junior RF Allen Riley (Fresno, Calif.) singled to open the second, and came in to score on an RBI single from freshman C Jason Taasaas (Elk Grove, Calif.).

Davis answered with a run in the third, as Justin Andrade walked to open the inning, was sacrificed to second and after a walk to Scott Heylman, came in to score on an infield error.

The Tigers broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth, as Taasaas walked with one out, and Simms followed with a single to the left side. After a groundout advanced the runners 90 feet, Torchio poked a 1-0 pitch into center field to plate Taasaas and Simms and put the Tigers on top.

In the sixth, the Aggies put two on with no one out as 1B Eric Johnson singled and C Scott Kalush walked. After a sacrifice bunt, Pointer struck out RF Seth Batty, but 2B Ryan Allgrove singled through the middle to bring home both runners and tie the game at 3-3.

Heylman singled into the hole at short to open the Aggies' seventh, and after a fly out, Lyman took Pointer over the left field wall on a 1-2 pitch.

The Tigers chipped away in the seventh, as sophomore 2B Tyger Pederson (Palo Alto, Calif.) singled to center, Torchio's sacrifice bunt attempt was perfect down the third base line for a base hit. Senior DH Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.) delivered an RBI single to left field to cut the gap to 5-4. After senior 1B Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) sacrificed Carvutto and Torchio to second and third, the Aggies intentionally walked Riley and went to the bullpen. UC Davis closer RHP Tom Briner posted back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.

In the ninth, Briner struck out the side to earn his fifth save, and record all five outs via strikeout.

UC Davis starter Anthony Kupbens (5-5) earned the win with 7.1 innings pitched, allowing three earned runs, and striking out five.

Simms' 15-game hit streak ties CS Northridge's Adam Barry and UC Riverside's Trevor Hairgrove for the longest in the conference this season, and is the longest active in the Big West.

The Tigers fall to 14-26 overall, 6-11 in the Big West, while UC Davis improves to 15-25 overall, 8-6 in the Big West. The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. with Pacific's senior RHP Jake Hummel (Peoria, Ariz.; 4-3, 4.50 ERA) taking on LHP Dayne Quist (2-5, 5.27 ERA) of the Aggies