March 15, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - David Huffman's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth provided the game-winning run and Dave McKae came on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season as UC Davis defeated Nevada, 6-5, in a nonconfernece baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 12-9 and continue their season-best five-game winning streak. Nevada falls to 9-7.
With the score tied at 5-5 in the eighth, Matt Dempsey reached on a one-out, two-base error by Nevada second baseman David Ciarlo, his second of the game. Following a wild pitch, Dempsey came home on Huffman's second hit of the game with the eventual game-winner.
It was a sloppy game throughout as the teams combined for seven errors, four by Nevada which resulted in five of the Aggies' six runs being unearned.
"That was a game nobody wanted to win," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "They gave it to us, we gave it back, then they gave it back to us. But it's a good win, sloppy, but good."
UC Davis took advantage of a two-out error to score two unearned runs in the bottom of the third. With two outs and runners on the corners, Lukas Kirby drilled the first pitch to the wall in right, scoring Huffman and Daniel Descalso for the 2-0 lead.
The Wolf Pack responded in the top of the fourth as Brett Hayes drilled a one-out home run over the left field wall, his third of the season. Baker Krukow then drove home Jacob Butler with a hard single through the right side, tying the game at 2-2. It could have been worse as Nevada left the bases loaded in the inning.
UC Davis regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Michael Jacobellis lined a two-out single, stole second, then scored on Huffman's single to center.
Nevada threatened again in the seventh as with two outs, an error and two walks loaded the bases for the Wolf Pack. On a 2-0 count, Jacob Butler flew out to the warning track in left to end the frame.
Two Wolf Pack errors in the seventh led to two more unearned runs by the Aggies. Descalso's RBI single up the middle scored Ryan Royster with the first run then Descalso came home on the second miscue of the inning.
Nevada tied the game in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of an Aggie error to score two unearned runs. The big hit came with two outs as David Cialo's two-run single through the left side tied the score at 5-5.
Kirby led the Aggies with three hits on the afternoon, while Huffman added two with two RBIs. The Aggies used five pitchers on the day as Eddie Gamboa worked the first five innings, allowing two runs on four hits. McKae came on in the ninth with no outs and a runner of first before retiring all three batters for his first save of the season.
UC Davis is off until March 24 when it begins a three-game series against UC Riverside in Riverside.