March 25, 2005
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - One day after losing by 12 runs, the Highlanders reversed course by pounding out a season-high 20 hits en route to a 16-2 victory over UC Davis in a nonconference baseball game Friday afternoon at the Riverside Sports Complex.
With the loss the Aggies snap their six-game winning streak and fall to 13-10. UC Riverside moves above .500 with a 12-11 record.
After the Aggies jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second following a single, double and sacrifice fly from Dan Baldini that scored Lukas Kirby, it was all Highlanders. UC Riverside exploded for five runs in the third and six more in the fifth to put the game away.
Brett Bigler did much of the damage on the afternoon, connecting for four hits, scoring two runs and driving in four more. His two-run single in the third put the Highlanders ahead for good. He then led off the fifth with a single, came around to score, then drove in another run later in the inning as UCR led 11-1 through five.
UC Davis scored an unearned run in the eighth courtesy of a passed ball, which was one of the few mistakes the Highlanders made on the day. UCR closed out the scoring with a four-run eighth inning as Andrew Clay's two-run double highlighted the frame.
The Aggies used four pitches on the afternoon as starter Michael Potter lasted just 4.0 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits. Nik Aurora, Paul Gonzales and Jeremy McChesney all worked in relief with each giving up at least one run.
Haley Winter started for the Highlanders and went seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven.
Offensively, Lukas Kirby had two of the Aggies' seven hits on the afternoon as the junior continues to swing a hot bat, hitting .500 (11-22) over his last five games.
Bigler led six Highlander player with multi-hit games, as Nick Salotti and Brian Steinmeyer each added three hits while Clay, Jeff Dunbar and Anthony Claggett all had two hits and two RBIs.
The three-game series concludes Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
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