Kyle Irving Belts Two Home Runs To Lead Aggie Sweep Over Pomona

April 24, 2004

Game 1 - (Box Score)
Game 2 - (Box Score)

POMONA, Calif. - A day after dropping the series opener, the Aggies bounced back with a pair of victories as UC Davis swept a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader over Cal Poly Pomona by scores of 10-9 and 9-3 Saturday afternoon at Scolinos Field.

With the wins the Aggies improve to 33-13-1 on the season, 28-6-1 in conference play. The Broncos fall to 23-23-2 overall, 16-18-1 in CCAA action.

UC Davis belted five home runs in the two games, including a pair by Kyle Irving. The Aggies slugged four in the opener and held off a late Cal Poly Pomona rally and then Irving hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the nightcap to give the Aggies a big early lead.

The Broncos got home runs in both games from Jarrod Allen, who leads the team with eight.

In the opener, both teams featured lively offenses. UC Davis erased an early 2-0 deficit with a four-run rally in the second that featured a two-run double by Matt Blankenheim, a run-scoring single by Michael Jacobellis and a run-scoring triple by Robby Tulk.

The Broncos answered with three in the bottom of the inning to grab a 5-4 lead. Matt Stevens drove in all three runs with a bases-loaded double to the left-centerfield gap. UC Davis tied the game at 5-5 on a solo home run by Irving in the fourth inning and took a 6-5 lead on a solo home run by Matt Kamigawachi in the fifth.

Cal Poly Pomona tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on a solo home run by Allen.



UC Davis took the lead for good in the sixth, taking advantage of three walks, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Oliver.

The Aggies added three runs in the eighth on a leadoff home run by Matt Blankenheim and a two-run homer by Robby Tulk and took a 10-6 lead.

As it turned out, UC Davis needed every run. The Broncos rallied for three runs in the ninth. Kenny McCarthy doubled in one run, Stevens singled in another and Galindo doubled in Stevens to make it 10-9. Joel Needham, though, stranded pinch runner Andy Gonzales at second base by retiring all three batters he faced.

Stevens had three hits and four RBI for the Broncos, while Galindo had two hits and two RBI. Tulk and Blankenheim drove in three runs each for the Aggies.

In the nightcap, UC Davis jumped out to a 6-0 lead by the fourth inning. The Aggies got one run in the second on a run-scoring single by Jacobellis and another in the third on a run-scoring single by Kamigawachi. UC Davis then scored four in the fourth, three on the home run by Irving and another on a run-scoring double by Oliver.

Cal Poly Pomona got its only three runs in the fifth inning off UC Davis starter Dave McKae, who pitched a seven-inning complete game. The Broncos got a run-scoring double by Galindo and a two-run homer by Allen.

UC Davis put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh inning. Two runs scored on a triple by Jaime Castillo and another scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Hanke.

The four-game series will conclude Sunday with a noon game at Scolinos Field.