Huskies And Aggies Split Pair Of One-Run Games
Feb. 16, 2013
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DAVIS, Calif. - Washington and UC Davis split a pair of tight, one-run games in a non-conference doubleheader Saturday. The Aggies won the opener, 6-5, before the Huskies earned a 3-2 victory in game two.
The Huskies (1-2) had come back from a 5-0 deficit to tie the opening game at 5-5 before UC Davis (2-1) won with a run in the eighth. In the nightcap, a seven-inning game, the Huskies limited the Aggies to four hits.
In the finale, Husky junior Nick Palewicz (1-0), making is first college start, went five innings for the win, allowing two runs on four hits. Closer Tyler Kane pitched two perfect innings in relief to earn the save.
In the bottom of the first, Davis went in front as a two-out single from Steven Patterson drove in a pair of runs. The Aggies' lead didn't last, however, as Washington scored two more in the second as a double from Joe Meggs and an RBI groundout from Ty Afenir put the UW in front, 3-2.
The Aggies threatened in the fourth, loading the bases with two outs, but Palewicz got a strikeout to end in the inning with the 3-2 lead in tact. Including that strikeout, the final 10 UC Davis batters were retired in order to end the game.
UC Davis grabbed the lead in the first game by scoring one in the opening inning on an RBI double from Paul Politi. In the second, Aggies shortstop Evan Heptig sliced a double into the right field corner to drive in a second run.
Leading 2-0, UC Davis seemingly broke the game open in the sixth. With the bases loaded on an error, a walk and an infield single, Heptig drove a one-out double to clear the bases, increasing the home team's advantage to 5-0.
But the Huskies, limited to just one hit through the first six innings, mounted a comeback. In the seventh, sophomore Trevor Mitsui led off with a double and scored on a single from freshman catcher Austin Rei. After an out, a pinch-hit double from Andrew Ely drove in a second run and Bishop drove in Ely with a two-out single to cut the lead to 5-3.
In the eighth, the UW drew even. Ray singled and Robert Pehl doubled to lead off the inning. After a walk to load the bases, two runs came in on a force play and an error off of the bat of Alex Schmidt, knotting the score at 5-5
However, in the bottom of the eighth, UC Davis answered with a go-ahead run as Patterson singled and eventually scored on a two-out single from Tino Lipson. In the ninth, the Huskies got the tying run to third with two outs, but Aggies reliever Max Cordy (1-0) struck out the final Husky to pick up the win.
Cordy pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the victory. UW reliever Zach Wright (0-1) took the game-one loss, allowing a run in his one inning of work.
The Huskies and Aggies wrap up the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game.