April 8, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - Mike Marjama had two hits for Long Beach State, but UC Davis' Scott Heylman answered with three hits and six RBI as the Aggies stunned the Dirtbags 8-1 in the first game of the series between the teams.
Starter Andrew Gagnon was in control early, working through the first two innings in order while the Dirtbags took an early lead. Brennan Metzger stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error after a leadoff single, and came home to score on an RBI groundout by Ino Patron.
An error by Michael Hill put a second runner on for the Aggies in the third inning, as UC Davis took the lead for the first time. After a sacrifice put the runners in scoring position, a double by Scott Heylman scored both runs as the Aggies took a 2-1 lead.
The game fell apart for Long Beach State in the fourth inning however. Gagnon struck out the first batter he faced and the team got a second out on a fielder's choice, but the junior lost his command at that point. Three straight walks by Gagnon combined with a wild pitch and a passed ball allowed two runs to score, and after reliever Kyle Friedrichs entered, another walk loaded the bases for Heylman, who came through again for the Aggies with a three-run triple as UC Davis ended the top of the fourth with a 7-1 lead.
The Aggies added one additional run off of Friedrichs, who ended with 4.1 innings pitched, allowing four runs. Nate Underwood pitched the ninth for the Dirtbags.
Long Beach State returns to Blair Field tomorrow for game two of the series. Branden Pinder takes the mound for Long Beach State, while the Aggies will answer with Anthony Kupbens. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and the first 1500 fans in attendance will receive a Troy Tulowitzki bobblehead.
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