April 2, 2006
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Aaron Wible homered and D.J. Hollingsworth and Brian Steinmeyer each knocked in runs during a three-run seventh inning that put UC Riverside in the lead for good during its 5-3 nonconference baseball win over UC Davis on Sunday afternoon at the Riverside Sports Complex.
UC Riverside took the weekend series by winning two of the three games, improving its record to 16-10. The Aggies dropped to 11-14.
Catcher David Treat had two hits for UC Davis and is 6-for-9 in his last two games. Hollingsworth went 3-for-3 to lead the Highlanders while Steinmayer had a pair of hits and two RBI's.
UC Davis led 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning behind starter Bryan Evans, but UC Riverside rallied to score three runs and take a 5-3 lead. Wilble hit a game-tying home run with one out for the first run while Hollingsworth doubled to right with two out, scoring shortstop Jaime Pedroza, who had singled, for the second. Steinmeyer's single to left off relief pitcher Phil Rasmussen completed the three-run rally.
Center-fielder Brian Bigler attempted to score on that play as well but was thrown out at the plate by Treat who had gone out after cutting off Steinmayer who was trying to take second. Rasmussen covered home on the play and recorded the out after Bigler tried to score.
Trailing 2-0 earlier, the Aggies had taken the lead with a three-run sixth inning, capitalizing on a pair of hits and two Highlanders errors. Center-fielder Ryan Royster singled and stole second to lead off the inning which followed by a walk to third baseman Daniel Descalso. Lukas Kirby's single to right was then misplayed by Aaron Grant, allowing Royster to cross the plate. An infield error by Steinmayer at third base allowed both Kirby and Descalso to score and put the Aggies in front 3-2.
An RBI groundout in the first inning and catcher Jeff Dunbar's run-scoring single in the fourth accounted for UC Riverside's first two runs.
Taylor Bills threw eight innings for UC Riverside, earning the win after allowing six hits and three runs. He struck out four and walked just one, improving to 3-1. Daniel Stange threw a scoreless ninth to record his eighth save.
Evans went 6.2 innings for UC Davis, striking out five and walking none, while giving up five runs and eight hits. Rasmussen finished the seventh for Evans before giving way to Nik Aurora, who pitched the eighth.
Treat, who had four hits in Saturday's 7-5 win by UC Davis, was the only Aggie to have at least two hits on Sunday. Brandon Oliver, Aaron Hanke, Royster, Kirby and Kevin James also had singles for UC Davis.
Dunbard and Pedroza added two hits for UC Riverside.
UC Davis, which has lost five of its last six games, has not completed a home game since beating Utah Valley State on March 11. The Aggies have had their last three scheduled home games either stopped by rain or cancelled altogether but are scheduled to host Pacific in a three-game weekend series beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday.