Behrens' Late Hit Gives Aggies Split With Cal Poly Pomona

Josh Behrens' pinch-hit, two-run single was the game-winning blow in Sunday's second game against Cal Poly Pomona.
 
Josh Behrens' pinch-hit, two-run single was the game-winning blow in Sunday's second game against Cal Poly Pomona.
 

May 4, 2003

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DAVIS, Calif. - Josh Behrens' two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning broke open a tie game and propelled UC Davis to the 8-6 victory over Cal Poly Pomona in the nightcap of a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. In the first game the Broncos scored six runs in the top of the 10th for the 10-4 win.

With the split, the Aggies move to 31-20 on the season, 24-14 in conference action while Pomona ends its season at 15-39, 10-29 in conference play.

Pomona jumped on top in the first game with a run in the first inning as Victor Yoshida scored on an RBI groundout from Matt Stevens. The Aggies responded with two runs in their half of the frame as Andrew Reisinger doubled home a pair of runs following a Pomona error that kept the inning alive.

UC Davis added to its lead in the third as Robby Tulk led off the inning with a double and scored on a Ryan Coultas groundout to short. In the sixth Pomona tied the score at 3-3 as Stevens led off with a single and scored on the next pitch when Anthony Gonzales doubled him home. Gonzales later scored on a groundout by Jason Stuck. Pomona added the go-ahead run in the eighth when Chase Stroupe lined a two-out single to left, scoring Andy Gonzales. In the ninth, the Aggies were down to their last out when Tyler LaTorre's pinch-hit infield single scored Chris Gottschalk from second. The moment was short-lived as the Broncos put up six runs in the top of the 10th, with Brian Ziarnick's bases-loaded, two-run single being the big blow.

Trevor Thornton started for UC Davis and went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out one. Michael Potter came on in the seventh, allowing one run in the eighth and four in the 10th to take the loss. Reisinger led UC Davis at the plate with a pair of hits and two RBIs.

 

 

Efren Lira went nine strong innings for Pomona to earn his third win of the season. Offensively, Anthony Gonzales and Yoshida each had three hits in the game to lead an 18-hit Bronco attack.

In the nightcap, the scoring started early as the Broncos put up two in the first frame following a leadoff triple from Ziarnick and RBIs from Stevens and Anthony Gonzales. The Aggies responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning as RBI singles from Dustin Soderman and David Butterworth sandwiched a double from Matt Kamigawachi. Pomona went back ahead with two in the second and extended the lead to 5-3 with a run in the fourth before Kyle Irving's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning cut the lead to 5-4. In the fifth, LaTorre's two-out single scored Butterworth, tying the game. UC Davis took the lead for good in the sixth as Butterworth drew a bases-loaded walk and Behrens drilled a pinch-hit, two-run single that scored Soderman and Tulk for the final runs of the game.

Julio Marquez got the start for the Aggies and went 3.0 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and striking out two. Jack Boyl came on in the fourth to throw 2.2 innings before Travis Bearden came on in the sixth to throw the final 1.1 innings, earning his third win of the year. Offensively, Irving had two of the Aggies eight hits.

Chad Burleson went the first five innings for Pomona, allowing seven hits and six runs. Michael Curcie came on in the sixth and recorded just one out as he saw his record fall to 2-6. Pomona was led at the plate by Stevens, who had three of the Broncos 11 hits. "It was survival weekend," said Aggie Head Coach Rex Peters. "We didn't play that well but found a way to win two of three games and that's what good teams do."

UC Davis will next be in action on Thursday when it begins play in the CCAA Tournament in Chico.