April 26, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior James Holder drilled a lead-off triple to center in the bottom of the ninth and later scored on a wild pitch to give UC Berkeley a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over UC Davis Tuesday afternoon at Evans Diamond.
With the loss the Aggies drop their fourth straight and fall to 21-18 while California improves to 27-18.
California trailed 5-1 through four innings before beginning their comeback, which included two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, tying the game at 5-5 leading into Holder's heroics. After reaching third with no outs, Holder came home to score on Justin Fitzgerald's wild pitch against the next batter, handing the loss to Fitzgerald after working 2/3 of an inning as his record falls to 1-3.
UC Davis opened the scoring in the second with a pair of runs, and it could have been more. Kevin James drove in the first run with a triple to center that scored Kyle Irving, who reached on a one-out single to left. James then came home on a fielder's choice off the bat of David Huffman. With the bases loaded and just one out, Ryan Royster bounced into an inning-ending double play.
Following Kyle Spraker's home run in the bottom of the second that cut the lead in half, the Aggies posted a three-run fourth to take a 5-1 lead. James, Grant Hirneise and Daniel Descalso all had RBI singles as UC Davis benefitted from four hits and a Golden Bear error in the frame.
Cal added two more runs in the fifth as it took advantage of four walks, two which brought home runs, and a hit to cut the deficit in half. With one run already in and the bases still loaded, Peter Soskin came on in relief of starter Paul Gonzales. After a walk to Holder which brought home the second run, Soskin struck out Jeremy Burchett on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
The Bears struck again in the sixth as Brennan Boesch lined a two-run double to left center, scoring Spraker and Allen Craig, tying the game at 5-5.
The Aggies pounded out 10 hits on the afternoon, three from Hirneise and two by James. The Bears had nine hits on the afternoon, two each from Craig, Spraker and Garrett Bussiere. The Bears used four pitchers on the afternoon with Travis Talbott getting the win after not allowing a hit while working the ninth. Joe Todoroff started and went 3.1 innings, allowing all five runs on six hits.
UC Davis is next in action on Friday when it begins a three-game series against Long Beach State in Long Beach. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.