UC Davis comes from behind to beat Wildcats, 10-5

By The Mercury

MORAGA, Calif. — UC Davis scored a combined seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to rally for a 10-5 win over the Kansas State baseball team on Saturday at Louis Guisto Field in the Gael Invitational.

A day after the Wildcats picked up their first win of the season — a 9-4 win over Saint Mary’s — K-State (1-6) suffered a crooked number recorded by the opponent on Saturday.

UC Davis (3-4) plated five runs in the sixth that turned a 5-4 K-State lead into a 9-5 lead for the Aggies. UC Davis had four of its 15 hits in the game during the decisive sixth frame.

K-State reliever Braxton Wilks led off the sixth by hitting Spencer Brann with a pitch. Wilks was lifted for Colton Kalmus, but the Wildcat right-hander surrendered a triple to the first batter he faced in Spencer Henderson who tied the game at five.

Tino Lipson followed by driving in Henderson with an RBI double before Steven Patterson made it 7-5 with an RBI single.

Kalmus was removed in favor of Nate Griep, but the redshirt-freshman could not limit the damage, as he surrendered a two-run home run to Cameron Olson.

The five runs scored by UC Davis were the most runs scored by a K-State opponent in an inning this season. It was the second time this season K-State has allowed 10 runs in a game after Cal Poly broke out for 10 runs last week.

K-State led for the first half of the game, benefitted by recording nine of its 12 hits through the fifth inning.

Shane Conlon and Austin Fisher, who had two and three hits, respectively, got the Wildcat offense started by each driving in a run in the first inning to make it 2-0.

The Wildcats picked up a run in the third on a throwing error by the UC Davis shortstop.

UC Davis was attempting to turn a double play on a grounder by Tanner DeVinny, but the shortstop’s throw got away from the first baseman and allowed Conlon to score from third.

After the Aggies made it 3-2 in the bottom of the third, K-State added a run in the fifth with a two-out RBI single up the middle by RJ Santigate, one of the third baseman’s three hits on the day.

UC Davis tied it for the first time in the bottom half of the fifth with a sac fly by Seth Batty and solo home run by Nick Lynch. Lynch hit his second homer of the game in the eighth inning off K-State’s Job Roblez that capped the game’s scoring.

K-State jumped back ahead, 5-4, in the sixth inning on a sac fly by Conlon with the bases loaded. However, K-State could not plate anymore runs in the inning, despite runners at first and third following Conlon’s sac fly. K-State left 11 runners on base.

Conlon led the Wildcats with two RBIs, while Fisher and Santigate paced the team with three hits apiece.

Fisher owns a six-game hitting streak, including seven hits in the last three games.

K-State starting pitcher Jordan Witcig did not factor into the decision after allowing two runs — one earned — on four hits and four walks in three-plus innings pitched.

Kalmus took the loss for the Wildcats after allowing three runs and three hits in 1/3 of an inning.

UC Davis’s Orlando Razo earned the win after holding K-State to no runs in 3 2/3 innings.

The Wildcats complete their season-opening eight-game road trip today against Saint Mary’s.

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