Hosting Seattle in the fourth and final game of a season-opening series on Sunday, the UC Davis baseball team was sitting pretty after rallying to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
But the Aggies’ one-run advantage was brief as the Redhawks went crazy in the top of the seventh, sending 16 runners to the plate to tally 11 times and take control of their eventual 17-5 victory.
UCD (1-3) gave up four runs in the first two innings, but began to fight back with two runs in the fourth. Senior Steven Patterson broke up the no-hitter with a lead-off single in that frame and later scored when junior Austin March blasted a home run to right field off of Seattle hurler Mac Acker (1-0).
With the lead cut in half, the next three Aggie runs came courtesy of catcher Izaak Silva. The junior from Soquel scored on Tino Lipson’s sacrifice fly in the fifth, then knocked in two more runs in the sixth with a single down the right-field line.
That made it 5-4, but the Redhawks (3-1) had a heckuva an answer in that seventh inning. Brian Olson had five RBIs on a pair of bases-loaded doubles to highlight the huge rally.
For UCD, Seth Batty reached base three times in the loss, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, and joined March in having hits in all four games of the series.
The Aggies now hit the road for the next 12 contests, beginning with a Thursday (2 p.m.) outing at St. Mary’s that opens the Gael Invitational.