Middle-Inning Surge Leads Aggies Past Gonzaga

Jeremy McChesney pitched four innings of one-hit relief to lead UC Davis over Gonzaga on Monday. (Wayne Tilcock, <I>Davis Enterprise</i>)
Jeremy McChesney pitched four innings of one-hit relief to lead UC Davis over Gonzaga on Monday. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

March 24, 2008

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Scott Heylman and Grant Hirneise had multiple RBI's, and UC Davis scored all eight of its runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to defeat Gonzaga, 8-2, in a non-conference baseball game at Dobbins Stadium Monday afternoon. It was the first Division I baseball game between the two schools.

The Aggies pushed their season-best win streak to seven straight games and are now 13-7 overall while the Bulldogs, who had won three straight heading into the game, fall to 15-9.

Heylman finished the day 2-for-3 with a game-high three RBI's and a run scored while Hirneise drove in two runs and scored a game-high two runs. Ty Kelly, Kevin James and Matt Dempsey also drove in runs.

In addition, Ryan Royster went 3-for-4 with a double and Jake Jefferies improved his season-best hitting streak to 15 straight games with a double in the seventh inning.

Jason Chatwood led the Bulldogs with a game-high four hits and an RBI. Teammate Marcus McKimmy drove in a run off three hits.

Gonzaga missed opportunities to put runs on the board through the first four innings of the game as they hit nine singles but stranded nine runners. They out-hit the Aggies, 13-10, overall but did not record an extra-base hit in the game. Bulldog starting pitcher AJ Proszek allowed only two hits through those first four innings, but gave up seven runs in two innings to earn the loss.

Gonzaga loaded the bases in the third inning with only one out, but Aggie starter Brad McAtee got the next two batters to pop up to end the threat.



After allowing the first run of the game in the fourth inning, the Aggies exploded in the bottom of the fifth with four runs. Heylman highlighted the inning with a two-run single to center field to score Hirneise and James. Hirniese and Kelly drove in the other runs in the inning.

UC Davis tacked on three more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to jump ahead 8-1. Hirneise drove in the first run in the sixth and was followed by sacrifice bunt RBI from Dempsey and another Heylman single to the outfield that brought home a run. James doubled home Jefferies in the bottom of the seventh to bring in the final Aggie run.

Jeremy McChesney pitched four effective innings of relief as he allowed only one hit and struck out two batters while facing just one over the minimum to earn his first win of the season.

The Bulldogs would score another run in the ninth inning of McKimmy's RBI single, but failed to get a rally going.

UC Davis continues its busy week tomorrow when they travel to Saint Mary's to play the Gaels at 2 p.m. That game will be simulcast live on KDVS 90.3 and ucdavisaggies.com.