May 27, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Scott Kalush capped off his Aggie career with a solo home run in the third inning, but UC Irvine avoided a sweep with a 10-1 win on Sunday as the UC Davis baseball team celebrated Senior Day at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
UC Davis and head coach Matt Vaughn end the 2012 season with an overall record of 27-30, the highest win total for the Aggies since 2008 when UC Davis advanced to an NCAA Div. I regional. The Aggies' 12-12 Big West Conference record placed them fifth in the league.
Sunday capped off the final weekend at Dobbins Stadium for Aggie seniors Ryan Allgrove, Tom Briner, Eric Johnson, Scott Kalush, Anthony Kupbens, Ryan Lucas, Brett Morgan, David Popkins and Dayne Quist who were honored in a pregame ceremony.
"I love this team," said Vaughn. "We finished with our second-highest win total since we've gone to Div. I. We set a goal at the end of April to win 26 games and we ended up winning 27, so we exceeded our internal goals for the last month of the season. We won our last four series against very good opponents. This group of seniors took it upon themselves to make sure everyone else did the work and it's special when you have a group of guys like that."
UC Irvine jumped to a 5-0 lead, using a suicide squeeze play in the first to score its first run of the game. After Jerry McClanahan's grounder brought home Tommy Reyes for a 2-0 lead, Christian Ramirez hit a triple to score Jeff Stephens.
D.J. Crumlich singled with two outs, stole second, then scored on a double by Jordan Fox to give the Anteaters a 4-0 lead in the second. Reyes singled up the middle to score Fox and the Anteaters took a 5-0 lead.
The Aggies remained hitless until Kalush's lead off homer in the third. He sent a 2-1 pitch just over the wall in left field for UC Davis' lone run of the game.
UC Irvine scored again in the fourth, then put up another three runs in the fifth when Chris Rabago's triple brought home two runs, then the Anteater designated hitter scored himself on a wild pitch by Aggie reliever Spencer Koopmans.
Leading 9-1, Fox doubled home pinch runner Scott Gottschling in the seventh for the Anteaters' final run of the game.
Senior Dayne Quist was given the loss in his final game as an Aggie to finish the 2012 season at 6-3. Evan Brock picked up the win to end the year at 2-1.