May 28, 2005
STOCKTON, Calif. - Will Brindza's bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Adam Ching with the winning run on Saturday as Pacific beat UC Davis for the second straight day in its final at-bat in a 3-2 victory over the Aggies at Billy Herbert Field.
UC Davis, which dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 decision to the Tigers on Friday, fell to 27-28 on the season while Pacific improved to 29-28. Shortstop Brandon Oliver had two hits in UC Davis' 10-hit attack and Lukas Kirby knocked in two runs while Ching and third baseman Jesse Kovacs had a pair of hits for Pacific.
The Aggies had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th on Kirby's bases-loaded single to right that scored Dan Baldini with one out. However, Brindza threw out Daniel Descalso who was also trying to score on the play, preventing another run from scoring and keeping the difference at just a run.
Pacific rallied in the bottom of the frame, opening with an infield single by Ramon Glasgow off Aggie reliever Eddie Gamboa. Ching's infield single an out later and catcher Brandon Gottier's single to left loaded the bases with one out.
That set up a flyball to right by Matt Berezay that was misplayed by Kyle Irving. Berezay was credited with a sacrifice fly after Jesse Kovacs scored but Pacific still had the bases loaded with just one out. Gamboa struck out Justin Baum for the second out but Brindza singled on the first pitch, delivering Ching with the winning run.
UC Davis held a 1-0 lead for much of the game, riding the pitching of Michael Potter who went 7.2 innings before giving way to Gamboa in the eighth. Potter gave up just three hits while striking out four and walking one.
The Aggies had taken a 1-0 lead in the third after bunt singles by Oliver and LaTorre helped UC Davis load the bases for Kirby who hit a sacrifice fly to left. Ching was the first pitcher Gamboa faced in the eighth, doubling to right with two outs, scoring Kovacs and tying the game 1-1.
Jason Haar went 7.2 innings for Pacific, allowing six hits while striking out four and walking three. Josh Schmidt earned the win with 2.1 innings of relief pitching, improving to 5-4. Gamboa dropped to 2-2.
Nine different Aggies posted hits on Saturday with Irving picking up a double.
UC Davis will look to finish its season with a .500 record when it closes the 2005 season on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Pacific.