March 7, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. - Kyle Bellows and Corey Valine each drove in a game-high two runs and San Jose State used a three-run fifth inning to defeat UC Davis, 6-3, in a non-conference baseball game at Dobbins Stadium Friday afternoon. The game was part of the second day of the River City Classic.
UC Davis has now lost its last three games and the first two games of the classic to even its overall record at 6-6. San Jose State rebounded after a 3-2 loss to BYU yesterday and is now 7-3.
The Spartans used a three-run fifth inning and added another in the eighth to jump ahead 6-1 heading into the ninth inning. UC Davis scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth of an RBI by Jake Jefferies and an error by San Jose State, but couldn't overcome the deficit.
Bellows and Valine both drove home two runs off just one hit to lead the Spartans offensively. Bellows highlighted the big Spartan fifth inning with a two-run triple to right field. John Shaffer had the best overall day for the Spartans with three hits, three runs scored and an RBI while reaching base five times.
Jefferies recorded his eighth multiple hit showing of the season in only the 12th game as he went 2-for-5 with an RBI. He has also pushed his hitting streak up to seven games. Kevin James drove in the other Aggie run in the first inning off a double and Matt Dempsey went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. In addition, Ty Kelly got a pinch-hit single to run his team-leading hitting streak to nine games.
San Jose State relief pitcher Christopher McNeil got his first win of the season and Brandon Hennessey earned the save by pitching 3.2 innings, striking out three and not allowing an earned run. Brad McAtee struck out four batters and gave up only three earned runs in six innings in his first loss of the season.
UC Davis concludes its season-long nine-game homestand tomorrow with a 10 a.m. game against BYU. That game is the Aggies' third in the River City Classic and will be simulcast on KDVS 90.3 and ucdavisaggies.com