Keyed by two birdies over his final five holes, Matt Seramin finished with a 1-over 73 and tied for 31st place at the Bandon Dunes Championship on Sunday, helping the UC Davis men’s golf team to a tie for 14th in the team standings.
Seramin led the Aggies for the second straight day, finishing at 6-over 222 for the three-day event. UCD finished its weekend with a 303 team score, tying Big West Conference rival Long Beach State at 34-over 898.
Aggie Matt Hansen shot 76 on Sunday to tie for 61st with teammate Ben Corfee, from El Marcero, who shot 77. Senior Tyler Raber, a Davis High graduate, also carded a 77 and tied for 39th place, while Jonny Baxter concluded with an 80 and tied for 90th.
UCD returns to action in the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford on March 28-30.
The Aggies scored twice in the eighth inning to come from behind and edge Cal State Bakersfield, 3-2, on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium, snapping a three-game skid.
Evan Wolf allowed just two runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings as UCD (7-9) won for the third straight time when he was its starting pitcher. Wolf silenced an offense that had gotten the Roadrunners (10-5) 23 runs on 38 hits in the first two matchups of the weekend series.He retired 13 consecutive batters covering the third through seventh innings, throwing just 75 pitches on the day.
“This was the kind of game where a team could come out and get swept real easy,” said Aggie head coach Matt Vaughn. “But we’ve got Evan Wolf, who gives us a chance, keeps it close. We’ve shown that we can do well in these games, if we’re close.
“He just wants to win. If everyone wants to win like he does, you can get great efforts like he’s given us the last three weeks.”
After Bakersfield scored the first run of the game in the third inning, UCD tied the game in the fifth when Tanner Bily’s double to left-center plated catcher Cameron Olson with one out.
But the Roadrunners put runners at second and third against Wolf in the eighth inning, loaded the bases on a walk against reliever Patrick Hennessey, then scored the go-ahead run when shortstop Tyler Shyrock hit a sacrifice fly to right off reliever Max Cordy.
Shortstop Tino Lipson’s leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth started the Aggies’ game-winning rally. Third baseman Paul Politi later bounced a one-out single through the left side, putting Lipson at third, and first baseman Nick Lynch’s sacrifice fly brought him home.
A walk to Olson loaded the bases, while another walk by Christiansen — this one to Kevin Barker — forced in Politi with the eventual winning run. Cordy then shut down the Roadrunners in order in the ninth inning, recording the win and improving his record to 3-1.
UCD concludes a five-game homestand on Tuesday when Nevada visits for a 2:30 p.m. nonconference game.
Amy Nunez had the first of four RBIs Sunday in the Aggies’ first of two contests at the Diamond Devil invitational in Tempe, Ariz., giving UCD all it would need in a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Later, Nunez knocked in all three of the Aggie runs in a 12-3 loss to third-ranked tournament host Arizona State. UCD (11-13) split its four games at the event.
In Sunday morning’s game against Pitt, Kayla Tyler singled, stole second, then came home on a single by Nunez in the bottom of the first inning. Tyler knocked in Megan Guzman for an insurance run in the fifth, but that was more than Aggie starter Justine Vela needed.
Vela struck out 14 batters while allowing just two base runners in six strong innings to earn her team-best seventh victory.
In the tournament finale against Arizona State, the No. 3 team in both the USA Today/NFCA Coaches and ESPN.com/USA Softball polls, the crowd on hand at Alberta Farrington Stadium saw both teams combine to score 13 runs throughout the first three innings.
Nunez again led UCD at the plate, earning two of the Aggies’ four hits and all three RBI.
UCD is back on the diamond this weekend for a Saturday doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield beginning at noon.
UCD men’s tennis
Brett Bacharach ended his day with victories in singles and doubles while Parker Kelley continued his torrid streak of singles success on Sundays but the Aggies dropped a 5-2 nonconference match to Texas-Arlington at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.
Paired with George Horowitz, Bacharach captured the only doubles victory of the day for UCD (6-8), beating Sebastia Erimicioiu and Javier Perez, 8-5.
Then at No. 4 singles, Bacharach took the first set against Erimicioiu, 6-4, before allowing his Maverick opponent to even the match at one set apiece. Leading 4-1 in the third, Erimicioiu had to retire.
The Aggies’ other points came when Kelly easily dispatched Carlos Arbiza, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 3 to earn his fourth singles triumph in his last five matches.
Jahn scores in San Jose win
San Jose forward Adam Jahn, who grew up in El Macero before prepping at Jesuit, went from a supplemental draft pick to hero for the Earthquakes on Sunday night.
The rookie out of Stanford scored his first professional goal in his just second MLS appearance, then later set up San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, the league’s reigning MVP, for a 92nd-minute penalty kick that gave the Earthquakes a stunning 2-1 comeback victory against the New York Red Bulls at Buck Shaw Stadium.
In the game-winning sequence, Jahn nodded down a San Jose corner kick into the raised left arm of New York defender Roy Miller. That put Wondolowski on the spot for the late PK, but his first attempt was saved by diving Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles. However, referee Ricardo Salazar spotted Miller unaccountably entering the penalty area well before the kick and gave the Quakes another opportunity.
Wondolowski did not miss again, tucking a well-placed ball inside the right post.
Jahn’s performance off the bench was good enough to earn him MLS Rookie of the Week honors on Monday.