Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Former Blue Devil helps Hawaii sweep UCD

UCD's Spencer Henderson takes a swing during a game earlier this season. Henderson hit well but the Aggies dropped contests on Saturday and Sunday in Hawaii. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

From page B1 | May 21, 2013 |

Host Hawaii spoiled the UC Davis baseball team’s trip to the islands with wins late Saturday and Sunday afternoon to complete a sweep of the Aggies.

On Saturday, the Rainbow Warriors used a nice pitching performance from Davis High graduate Corey MacDonald to stay close, then gave the former Blue Devil standout a win by scoring five runs in the seventh and eighth innings of a 6-2 triumph. Their momentum then carried into Sunday, when UH hurler Matt Cooper pitched eight shutout innings to lead his team to a 6-0 victory over UCD (19-34, 5-19 Big West Conference).

MacDonald, who was first team all-conference for DHS’ 2009 playoff team, dueled with Aggie starter Spencer Koopmans on Saturday as both pitchers threw well.

Koopmans went 6 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs for UCD, while MacDonald pitched into the eighth, giving up just two runs despite allowing seven hits and walking nine. He had five strikeouts for Hawaii (15-33, 10-14).

After designated hitter Adam Hurley staked the Rainbow Warriors to a 1-0 lead with his two-out RBI single in the second inning, Koopmans held them scoreless until the seventh.

During that time, the Aggies tied the game in the fourth, when Spencer Henderson doubled home Tino Lipson, who had led off the frame with a single. UCD then took a 2-1 advantage in the top of the seventh as catcher Cameron Olson smashed a two-out solo home run to right field. It was his first homer of the season.

In the bottom of the seventh, however, Hawaii scored twice to knock Koopmans out of the contest and take a lead it would not relinquish. The Rainbow Warriors added three insurance runs in Saturday’s eighth inning, and the hot hitting continued on Sunday.

But the single run the hosts scored in the bottom of the first was all Cooper would need as the Aggie bats went cold.

Cooper struck out four and walked just one, while scattering five hits.

Henderson had a pair of singles to pace UCD, but only twice did local runners manage to advance past first base. No Aggie reached third in the game.

Lipson, third baseman Paul Politi and second baseman Steven Patterson had the other UCD hits.

The lack of offense hurt Aggie starting pitcher Evan Wolf (3-4), who was effective in his six innings of work. He allowed just six hits and two runs — only one of them earned — and struck out one.

UCD’s 2013 season comes to end after it hosts UC Santa Barbara in a three-game series beginning Thursday at 2:30 p.m.



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