May 24, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis had eight hits in a six-run fifth inning and Eddie Gamboa worked two innings of perfect relief as UC Davis closed out it 2005 home schedule with a come-from-behind, 8-7 win over California Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 27-26 and end the year with an 18-8 home record. Cal falls to 32-22 overall.
Cal opened the scoring with three unearned runs in the second. With two outs and a runner on second, Allen Craig reached on an error then Josh Satin drilled his fifth home run of the season deep over the left field fence for the 3-0 lead.
In the fourth /satin struck again, lining a out-out double to left that scored Matt Einsphar from second. Chris Errecart followed with a single to center that brought home two more runs, making it 6-0.
UC Davis finally got to the Cal pitching staff as it put together eight hits in the bottom of the fifth, tying the score at 6-6, It marked the second highest-scoring inning this season, trailing only the eight-run output the Aggies posted against Utah Valley State on Mar. 13.
Kyle Irving and Grant Hirneise led off the frame with back-to-back singles before David Huffman's sacrifice fly to left scored Irving. Brandon Oliver had an RBI single while Daniel Descalso made it 6-3 with a sacrifice fly to right. That ended Adam Gold's day, the third Golden Bear pitcher, as Matt Swanson came on to get the final out. Swanson was greeted with an RBI single from Lukas Kirby and followed by a David Butterworth RBI double to left. After starting the inning with a hit, Irving came up and brought home the sixth run with an infield single to short.
The Aggies took their first lead of the contest in the sixth when Daniel Descalso's two-out double to right brought home Royster and Huffman to make it an 8-6 lead. Cal added a run in the seventh when Matt Einsphar singled to short to bring home Brennan Boesch, but that was as close as it came.
"That was a great win," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. When we were down 6-0 we took some chances, put on a few hit-and-runs and got a couple of hits. It snowballed and we gained the momentum.
"Nik gave us some good innings in the middle of the game, keeping it close so we could come back," Peters continued. "Then Eddie came on and closed them out."
After Aggie started Michael Philips allowed six runs through four innings, Nik Aurora came on and kept the game close for UC Davis. Aurora worked three innings, allowing just one run on four hits as UC Davis battled back. Aurora gave way to Gamboa in the eighth and the freshman retired all six Cal batters he faced to pick up his fourth save of the season. Aurora improved to 2-0 as he earned the win.<,p> Offensively, UC Davis pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon, two each from Kirby, Irving, Huffman and Royster.
Cal went through seven pitchers during the game with Alex Tafton being tagged with the loss after he allowed two runs on three hits in the sixth inning. Satin led the way at the plate as he added a double to his home run as he finished the day with four RBI's.
UC Davis begins its final series of the season Friday against Pacific in Stockton. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.-bs-