April 19, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. - Scott Kalush hit his first career home run and nearly hit for the cycle, giving UC Davis a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning, but 15th-ranked Cal scored four runs in the seventh to claim a 4-1 victory on Tuesday at Evans Diamond in Berkeley.
Kalush hit 3-of-4 on the day and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle.
UC Davis moves to 8-22 overall while Cal improves to 24-9.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Harry Stanwyck held Cal to only three hits in his six innings of work and retired the side in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
Despite eight hits in the first six innings, UC Davis was unable to score until the seventh inning with Kalush hit the first pitch he saw over the wall in left field. The solo shot gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
Nathan Slater would enter the game for Stanwyck in the seventh inning, who loaded the bases with only one out before walking in a run, tying the game at 1-1. Slater was replaced by Ryan Lucas who allowed three additional runs to cross, giving Cal a 4-1 lead.
In the eighth, David Popkins led off with a single up the middle, then moved to second on a base hit from Scott Lyman. Popkins advanced all the way to third, but would be left on base after Daniel Cepin was caught stealing second for the final out of the inning.
With one out in the ninth inning, Kalush singled to right field and Seth Batty followed that with a double to the left field corner, but the Aggies were unable to bring either runner home.
UC Davis left 11 runners on base.
The Aggies saw three different batters, including Kalush, register three hits as Batty went 3-for-5 and Popkins hit 3-for-4. Lyman and Brett Morgan were each 2-for-4.
Bruno was 2-for-4 while Chadd Krist went 2-for-3 for Cal.
Slater was given the loss to move to 0-4 on the year while Cal's Kevin Miller improved to 5-2 with the win.
UC Davis resumes Big West Conference action in a three-game series at UC Irvine beginning Thursday.