Feb. 28, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Ryan Allgrove was 2-for-4 while four UC Davis pitchers combined to hold Stanford, the No. 1 team in the country, in a 5-1 loss on Tuesday at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond in Stanford.
UC Davis moves to 5-3 overall while Stanford remains unbeaten at 8-0.
Dean McArdle picked up the win for the Cardinal while Ben Burke, in his first Aggie start, was given the loss. Burke struck out three and walked just one batter in 2.2 innings of work.
Allgrove led UC Davis offensively while Paul Politi went 1-for-3 with a double and scored the Aggies' only run. Freshman John Williams drove that run in with his lone hit of the game, a base hit into left field in the second inning.
Jake Stewart led things off for Stanford by putting an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall to give the Cardinal an early 1-0 lead.
Politi and the Aggies responded with a run of their own in the top of the second to tie the game. He led off with a double to center field, then moved to third on a wild pitch before coming around to score on the single from Williams.
Williams moved to third when Scott Kalush's hard grounder was stopped by Cardinal shortstop Lonnie Kauppila, but Kalush reached base before Kauppila could make the throw. Adam Young drew a walk and, with two outs, the bases were loaded for Brett Morgan. Morgan, however, hit a fly ball into left field for the final out of the frame.
Burke retired the side in the bottom half of the second, but Stanford regained the lead in the bottom of the third, putting up three runs on three hits to take a 4-1 lead. Austin Wilson started the inning with a base hit, then stole second. Burke held Wilson there, striking out Wayne Taylor forcing Stewart to ground out.
Tyler Gaffney drew a walk from Burke to put two men on with two out, setting up Stephen Piscotty's two-run double. Brian Ragira followed that with an RBI single up the middle for the 3-1 lead.
Patrick Hennessey entered the game for Burke in the third inning and, after Kenny Diekroeger reached first base on an error by Politi, retired the next four batters he faced.
Stewart scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth and Hennessey, Chris Levy and Spencer Koopmans combined to limit the Cardinal to just two hits for the rest of the game.
Piscotty was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run for the Cardinal while Stewart went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
UC Davis hosts Creighton in a three-game series beginning Friday, Mar. 2 at Dobbins Stadium.