UC Davis senior right-hander Evan Wolf allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings of work and the offense backed him with 13 hits on the day, as the Aggies remained unbeaten at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament with a 5-2 win over host San Jose State on Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.
UCD (7-7) is now 3-0 at the event after winning one-run games over Santa Clara, 3-2, and Pacific, 4-3, on Friday at Santa Clara’s Schott Stadium
On Saturday, Wolf (1-1) nailed down his first win of the season with his second quality start, retiring eight straight hitters at one point and holding the Spartans (4-12) to just one hit through the first four innings.
Aggie reliever Robert Parucha needed just 39 pitches to collect his first save of the season, tossing three innings of one-hit ball, walking one and striking out two.
Seth Batty and Nick Lynch each finished with three hits for UCD, but the biggest of those hits came with the score tied at 2-2 in the sixth when Batty singled to right-center to drive home Evan Heptig with the go-ahead run.
A sacrifice fly in the seventh and a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the ninth by Izaak Silva gave the Aggies some breathing room as Parucha retired seven straight at one point and induced Sheldon Daquioag into a game-ending double play to close it out.
Back-to-back RBI doubles by John Williams and Batty in the second gave UCD the early lead before San Jose State responded with two in the fifth.
Eight of the nine Aggie starters finished with hits on the day, including two by Adam Young
On Friday, UCD snapped a three-game losing streak as Young drove in three runs in the two contests. The Aggie bullpen also shined as Raul Jacobson, Orlando Razo and Zach Stone, combined to allow just one unearned run on five hits while striking out eight in the two victories.
In beating Santa Clara, Young’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning plated Brian Ruhm with the eventual winning run.
UCD got a key insurance run off of Pacific in the top of the ninth to ensure that the Tigers’ unearned run in the bottom of the frame wouldn’t hurt.