March 7, 2012
Arizona 6, UC Davis 4 (Box Score)
TUCSON, Ariz. - A three-run rally in the eighth inning propelled No. 7 Arizona to a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over upset-minded UC Davis on a blustery day at Hi Corbett Field.
UC Davis (6-7) appeared on the brink of an upset in the late stages, tying the game at 3-3 with a run in the seventh and taking a 4-3 lead an inning later following a rare defensive miscue by centerfielder Joey Rickard. With two outs, Rickard misplayed and bobbled a fly ball to center that allowed Nick Lynch to reach second base. Kevin Barker followed with an RBI double to give the Aggies a one-run lead.
Arizona (10-2) quickly answered back as Robert Refsnyder ignited the rally with a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning against reliever Chris Levy (1-1). Johnny Field drew a walk and Seth Mejias-Brean was subsequently hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.
Harry Stanwyck replaced Levy, but Trent Gilbert slapped a single through the left side to drive in Refsnyder with the tying run. Following a strikeout, pinch-hitter Bobby Brown hit a hot shot that first baseman Evan Wolf was unable to handle to plate the go-ahead run. Joseph Maggi then hit a sharp single off the foot of Stanwyck that allowed Mejias-Brean to cross home safely with a 6-4 lead in tact.
Mathew Troupe (1-0), who was charged with the unearned run in the eighth inning, recorded the final six outs of the game for the Wildcats. Despite hitting a batter with one out in the ninth, Troupe struck out the final two hitters of the game to earn his first pitching win. He gave up the one unearned run and scattered two hits in 2.0 innings out of the bullpen.
The starting pitchers did not factor into the decision despite solid outings by both. For the Aggies, Spencer Koopmans threw 5.0 innings with three earned runs allowed on six hits. Vincent Littleman pitched into the seventh inning, going 6.1 innings with three runs - two earned - allowed on four hits, a walk and a strikeouts.
The teams traded sacrifice flies in the second inning to open the scoring. In the third, Brett Morgan led off with a single and scored on a groundout by Paul Politi to give the Aggies a 2-1 edge.
The Wildcats bounced back with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Alex Mejia hit a leadoff double and scored on an RBI single by Field in the fourth. An inning later, Maggi hit a two-out single and scored on Rickard's RBI double to put UA ahead by a run.
That one-run margin held until the seventh inning when Barker reached on a throwing error by Gilbert. After a sacrifice bunt moved the tying run into scoring position, Littleman was lifted in favor of reliever Tyler Hale, who gave up a pair of singles and the tying run before escaping the inning and stranding two runners on base.
Refsnyder's eighth-inning single not only sparked a game-winning rally for the Wildcats, but it also extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games to open the season and 14 games overall dating back to 2011.
Arizona, which has won five straight games, plays host to Eastern Michigan (3-8) in a three-game series this weekend. The series kicks off on Friday night at 6 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.