Feb. 18, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. -
Michael Jacobellis smacked a double that just got past a diving center fielder in the top of the seventh inning to drive home two runs and give the Aggies a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Santa Clara in the finale of a three-game series in front of 409 fans at Dobbins Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Aggies, who have now won two consecutive games, are 3-5 on the season while Santa Clara drops to 6-7.
Jacobellis led all players with two RBI's while Evan Hudson was one of only three players to get two hits on the day. Ryan Royster returned to the Aggie lineup and cranked out a hit and scored twice. Justin Schafer had one hit and scored once.
Jeff Reekers got the start for the Aggies and settled down after giving up two runs in the first inning to shutout the Broncos throughout the next five innings. Scott Chew pitched three solid relief innings and struck out two batters while allowing only two hits in his first collegiate.
"He (Chew) had his breaking ball working today," said head coach Rex Peters. "We knew he'd be a tough pitcher for us this year and he showed that today. He's really grown up a lot in only a handful of games this year."
For the Broncos, starting pitcher Justin Kuehn allowed only one unearned run through six innings before giving up the game-winning double to Jacobellis with two outs in the seventh. Jeff Lombard came in and shutout the Aggies through the final 1.1 innings.
Carl Bacon was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for the Broncos. Ryan Conan had the only other RBI for Santa Clara.
The Broncos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as they rattled off three hits after the first two batters popped out. Bacon singled home Gabe Alcantar, who had doubled the previous at-bat to score the first run. Conan doubled two batters later to bring home Bacon in what would be the Broncos' final run of the ball game.
UC Davis got on the scoreboard in the third inning as they capitalized on a variety of Bronco miscues. Royster walked and reached third on the next play after a two-base throwing error on the shortstop. He scored the next play off a balk.
Trailing 2-0 in the seventh, Jacobellis drove home Royster and Schafer on a two-out double that just dropped in front of a diving Juan Parra in center field.
The two teams played shutout baseball the remainder of the way.
"We were able to put up more crooked numbers than they were today, and that's all you can ask of your guys," said Peters. "We came out and threw strikes and played well on defense and when you do those two things you give yourself a chance to win."
UC Davis will host three games next week at Dobbins Stadium. The Aggies welcome Sacramento State on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the first game of the annual River City Classic. They cap the Classic the following day with another 2:00 p.m. game with defending national champion Oregon State. They then end the week on Saturday with a game against San Francisco at 1:00 p.m.