Late-Inning Heroics Lift Aggies Past No. 12 UCLA

Kyle Mihaylo scored the eventual game-winning run in the 11th inning and tied a single game record with three doubles. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, <I>Davis Enterprise</I>)
 
Kyle Mihaylo scored the eventual game-winning run in the 11th inning and tied a single game record with three doubles. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Feb. 22, 2009

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Junior Kyle Mihaylo opened the 11th inning with his third double of the game and senior Grant Hirneise doubled him home the next at-bat to lift UC Davis to an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over No. 12 UCLA Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

It marks the first win of the 2009 season for the Aggies and helps them salvage the season-opening three-game series with UCLA.

MIhaylo tied a UC Davis single game record with three doubles as he finished 3-for-5 with a run scored. Hirneise tied the game-high with two RBIs off the double and a sacrifice fly. A total of five Aggies had multiple hits in the game as UC Davis exploded for a season-best 14 hits.

Redshirt freshman Dayne Quist pitched the final 1.2 innings and allowed only one hit to earn the first victory of his collegiate career. A total of six Aggies saw time on the mound during the game, including senior Adam Bennett who threw three scoreless innings to keep the Aggies in the game.

Junior Ty Kelly and senior Ryan Scoma each drove in a run and scored twice while sophomore Scott Heylman and redshirt freshman Tony Bongiovanni each had one RBI apiece.

Leading the way for the Bruins was Gabe Cohen who drove in two runs for the third consecutive game while going 3-for-4 with a run scored. The Bruins had six players drive in runs on the night. Trevor Bauer pitched the final 4.1 innings and gave up three runs off seven hits in the loss.

Mihaylo led off the 11th inning with a double off the center field wall and advanced to third on a wild pitch. HIrneise then doubled in the next at-bat to drive Mihaylo home and give UC Davis it's second and final lead of the game.

 

 

UC Davis rallied from a two-run deficit in the ninth inning to tie things up at 7-7 and eventually force extra innings. Scoma walked to open the inning and junior Jared Thompson singled to advance him to second. A walk to Mihaylo loaded the bases for Hirneise, who sent a sacrifice fly to left field to score Scoma. After a strikeout put UC Davis down to its last out, Bongiovanni came in as a pinch hitter and drove a ball to center field to score pinch runner Jeremy McChesney and tie the game.

UCLA started the scoring for the third consecutive game with a two-run second inning. UC Davis cut the lead in half with a single run in the top of the third. Heylman and Kelly walked in consecutive at-bats and Scoma then drove Heylman home from second with a single through the right side.

The Bruins regained their two-run lead in the bottom half of the third with a single run. The Aggies then broke out with their biggest inning of the season with four runs in the fifth to take their first lead of the series at 5-3. Following a walk to sophomore Daniel Cepin to open the inning, Heylman doubled to left field to bring him home. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored during the same at-bat when Kelly doubled down the left-field line. Kelly and Scoma would come home to score on consecutive Bruin fielding errors to give UC Davis the lead.

UCLA regained the lead at 7-5 with a total of four runs in the next three innings. The Bruins scored one run in the bottom half of the fifth and the seventh along with a two-run showing in the sixth. The sixth was made possible by a two-out, two-run single from Cohen. Eddie Murray tripled to drive in the run in the seventh.

The Aggies return home to Dobbins Stadium for the first time this season on Tuesday when they host San Francisco at 2:30 p.m. That game will feature a live audio stream and can be accessed through the baseball schedule page.