March 13, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - Josh Satin hit a two-out, two-run single to left field in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium as California scored three runs in its last at-bat for a 7-6 nonconference baseball victory over UC Davis.
Cal trailed 6-0 after five innings before scoring seven unanswered runs.
The win snapped a modest two-game winning streak for the Aggies who fell to 6-12, while Cal improved to 10-11. Third baseman Daniel Descalso continued his hot hitting for UC Davis, going 4-for-5 on Tuesday with a pair of doubles. He is 15 for 21 (.714) over his last five games. Brandon Oliver, Aaron Hanke and Kyle Mihaylo each had two hits for UC Davis while Jordan Karnofsky picked up three hits and knocked in a pair of runs for Cal. Satin finished with two hits as the Bears were out-hit by the Aggies, 13-7.
UC Davis led 6-3 entering the eighth inning but Cal scored once in the eighth before rallying for a trio of runs in the ninth.
"This is a tough one to swallow when you control the game for eight innings like we did," said Aggie coach Rex Peters. "We pitched well, played good defense and did good things offensively (but) the 25th, 26th and 27th outs are the hardest to get."
"We gave away five outs," he added. "When you play talented athletes like that, you can't get away with it very often."
Trailing 6-4, Cal got the leadoff batter on board in the last inning when Karnofsky was struck out by right-hander Justin Fitzgerald but reached first on a wild pitch. Fitzgerald struck out a pair of batters sandwiched around an infield error as the Bears put runs at first and third. A pair of walks brought in the first run and left the bases loaded with two out.
Down to their last strike, the Bears took the 7-6 lead when Satin singled to left off reliver Nik Aurora, scoring Brett Munster and Mike Van Winden.
UC Davis had controlled the lead for the entire game up to that point, scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings to take an early 4-0 lead. Aaron Hanke and Evan Hudson had RBI singles in the first frame while Descalso's double to right and Hudson's infield grounder scored the next two in the second.
Brad McAtee pitched a strong game for the Aggies, going 5-2/3 innings and allowing just four hits for UC Davis while striking out five and walkiing three. Colin McCusker and Scott Chew preceded Fitzgerald (0-1) on the mound.
Six pitchers threw for Cal on Tuesday with Dane Ferguson pitching 4-2/3 innings for the longest stint. Craig Bennigson (2-3) went 1-2/3 innings and gave up just one hit to earn the win.
Hudson had two RBI's for UC Davis. Karnofsky had two doubles for Cal.
UC Davis will take a break for final exams before resuming its schedule on March 23 at Loyola Marymount for the start of a three-game series.