Regional Digest: Sac State, UC Davis baseball teams open season today

Published: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 - 8:09 am

UC Davis, led by returning third baseman Paul Politi and outfielder Kevin Barker, open the 2013 season today at 2 p.m. against Washington in the first game of a four-game weekend series at Dobbins Baseball Complex.

Sacramento State also opens the season this weekend with a three-game series at Texas.

Politi, a senior, batted a team-high .345 and drove in a team-high 32 runs for the Aggies, who went 27-30 last season. Barker, a sophomore, batted .300 and led the team in doubles with 15.

The Aggies' series with Washington continues with a doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m. The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Hornets, the defending Western Athletic Conference regular-season champions, open against Texas at 4:30 p.m. today, followed by a noon game Saturday and an 11 a.m. game Sunday.

Last season, the Hornets were 31-28 overall and 11-7 in the WAC.

Rhys Hoskins, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound sophomore from Jesuit High School, led the Hornets last season with a .353 batting average, 10 home runs, 53 RBIs, a .567 slugging percentage and 44 runs.

Querrey defeats Hewitt, advances to quarterfinals

Third-seeded Sam Querrey beat Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-6 (4) Thursday to reach the SAP Open quarterfinals in San Jose.

Hewitt, a former top-ranked player in the world, double-faulted twice in the third-set tiebreaker, including match point. The Australian has 28 career titles and beat Querrey in two previous meetings.

Colombia's Alejandro Falla reached his first quarterfinal of the season by knocking off seventh-seeded Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-4, 6-4.

In other matches, sixth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan topped Germany's Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2; eighth-seeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium squeezed past Australia's Matthew Ebden 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (1) in a match that lasted almost 21/2 hours; and American Steve Johnson reached his first career quarterfinal with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over American qualifier Tim Smyczek.

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