March 25, 2008
MORAGA, Calif. - Junior Ryan Scoma drove in a game-high four runs, including a single in the 10th inning that scored Jake Jefferies, to lead UC Davis to a 6-5 extra-inning win over Saint Mary's Tuesday afternoon at Louis Gusto Field.
The Aggies have now won eight straight games to improve their overall record to 14-7. The Gaels, who were others receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers poll last week, fall to 13-8-1 with the loss. It was the first extra-inning game for UC Davis this season and gave the two teams a season split.
Scoma finished the day 3-for-5 from the plate with a run scored, a double, a home run and a game-best four RBIs. The transfer was only a triple shy of the cycle. Jefferies went 3-for-4 with a double and a game-high three runs scored to improve his season-best hitting streak to 16 straight games. Ty Kelly, Evan Hudson and Ryan Royster drove home the other Aggie runs in the game.
Justin Fitzgerald shutout the Gaels through the final 1.2 innings and allowed only two hits while striking out two batters to earn his second victory of the season. In addition, UC Davis had four pitchers combine to strike out a season-high 19 batters in the 10-inning ballgame. Starter Trevor Fox and Bryan Evans each had seven strikeouts while Andy Suiter and Fitzgerald combined to strike out five batters in 3.1 innings.
Joel Staples and Ian Gordon led the Gaels offensively with two hits and two RBIs apiece. Anthony Aliotti, who started the game as the first baseman and had a hit in the 10th inning, was credited with the loss as he gave up the RBI single to Scoma.
Royster led off the game with his team-leading sixth home run of the season as he sent the second pitch of the game over the right field wall.
Saint Mary's tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first off an RBI single from Kyle Jensen. The game was delayed 15 minutes in the second inning due to the home plate umpire suffering a concussion from a foul ball.
After play was resumed with only two umpires, the Gaels scored another run in the second and two more in the third to jump ahead 4-1. Gordon doubled in the run in the second and Staples hit a two-run homer to account for the RBI's.
UC Davis scored three runs in the fourth inning to tie the game and added two more in the fifth to reclaim the lead at 6-4. Scoma drove in three of the five runs with a two-run shot in the fourth and an RBI-double in the fourth. Hudson singled in a run and Kelly hit a solo homer to account for the other two runs.
Saint Mary's scored a run in the sixth inning and another in the eighth to tie the score at 6-6. The tying run came off an error on the shortstop with two outs.
Matt Demspey had a single in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, which stands just one behind Jefferies' season-high.
UC Davis plays its third consecutive tomorrow against San Francisco at 2 p.m.