April 17, 2009
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -
A dropped fly ball allowed Adam Buschini to score from second base and gave No. 15 Cal Poly an 11-10 victory over UC Davis in the 10th inning of the opening game of a Big West Conference baseball series at Baggett Stadium Friday night.
The Mustangs improve to 15-1 at home with the victory and are now 25-9 overall and 6-4 against conference teams. UC Davis drops to 6-26 overall and 1-6 in conference.
Redshirt freshman Tony Bongiovanni had the best game of his young Aggie career as he lead the team with four hits in five at-bats, two doubles and two RBIs. Junior Jared Thompson also drove home two runs off multiple hits and add a triple. Junior Ty Kelly also doubled twice and rounded out a group of three Aggies who drove in two runs apiece.
For the Mustangs, Ryan Lee drove home three runs while Wes Dorrell and J.J. Thompson each had two RBIs. Buschini finished with a game-high three runs scored and also drove in a run.
The Aggies took an early lead with two runs in the second inning. Bongiovanni doubled home senior Ryan Scoma to start the inning and was driven home following a sacrifice bunt on a ground out by freshman Scott Kalush.
The Mustangs scored three runs in the third inning to grab a lead and added two more runs in the fourth to jump ahead 5-2. Dorrell singled home two runs in the third inning.
UC Davis scored four more runs in the fifth inning to retake the lead at 6-5. Thompson singled in a run and Bongiovanni and Grant Hirneise both doubled home runs to highlight the inning. The final run in the inning came off a fielding error on the third baseman.
A five-run outburst by Cal Poly in the seventh inning put them back ahead by four runs at 10-6. Thompson and Lee both drove in two runs apiece.
The Aggies responded with four runs in the eighth inning to tie the score at 10-10. Thompson had an RBI-triple in the inning and Ryan Scoma
drove home another run.
On the night, Scoma, Justin Schafer and Daniel Cepin each had hits to extend their team-leading hitting streaks. Scoma and Schafer have not hit safely in six straight games while Cepin is up to seven games.
Eric Massingham pitched the final 2.1 innings in the victory and is now a perfect 5-0 on the season. Senior Adam Bennett was on the mound in the 10th for UC Davis in the loss.
The series continues tomorrow at 6 p.m.