March 11, 2009
DAVIS, Calif. - Geoff Klein accounted for a game-high three hits and three RBIs, and Santa Clara scored runs in all but three innings en route to a 13-7 victory over UC Davis during a non-conference baseball game at Dobbins Stadium Wednesday afternoon. Ty Kelly led the Aggies with three hits, two doubles and two RBIs.
The loss drops UC Davis to 2-10 overall while the win lifts Santa Clara to 4-7. It also snaps the Aggies' four-game win streak over the Broncos.
Kelly tied a game-high with his three hits and put up season-bests with two doubles and two RBIs. Freshman Scott Kalush also drove in two runs while going 2-for-3 from the plate with a triple and a run scored. Junior Kyle Mihaylo matched Kelly with two doubles - his second game of the season with multiple doubles.
UC Davis tallied a season-best 15 hits during the game with six different Aggies boasting multiple hits. Five UC Davis players also drove in runs on the day.
Santa Clara was led by Klein's offensive production as he went 3-for-5 with the three RBIs and a run scored. Matt Long, Andrew Biancardi and Juan Parra each drove in two runs. Long also tripled. Joe Supple pitched 3.2 innings and struck out three in the victory. On miscellaneous note, UC Davis reached base three times due to wild pitches on the third strike.
Along with scoring 20 combined runs, the two teams also put up a total of 28 hits and knocked out eight extra-base hits.
A bulk of the runs came in the first five innings of the game. Following a single run in the first inning, the Aggies scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning during a two-out rally to take the lead. Mihaylo doubled in the first run and Eric Johnson singled him home in the next at-bat to put the Aggies ahead.
The Broncos battled to tie the game at 2-2 in the second inning with a single run and retook the lead with three more runs in the third. One of the Broncos' runs in the third came on an error.
UC Davis fought back in the fourth inning to score a season-high five runs and retake the lead at 7-5. Following a single from Tony Bongiovanni and a walk to Scott Heylman, Kalush uncorked his first collegiate triple to drive them home. The inning continued with a single to Daniel Cepin before Grant Bauer's infield single scored Kalush. Kelly capped the big inning with a two-run double to left center to score Bauer and Cepin.
Santa Clara would go on to retake the lead for good with three runs in the fifth. They added three more runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to run away with the victory. That run was highlighted by a two-run singles from Karcich and Klein.
UC Davis is next in action this weekend when they play Sacramento State in a Causeway Cup series. The first game will be played at Dobbins Stadium Friday at 2:30 p.m. and will feature a live audio stream on ucdavisaggies.com.