May 29, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Daniel Descalso's three-run home run in the eighth tied the game but Matt Berezay launched a solo blast in the bottom of the inning to lift Pacific to a three-game sweep over UC Davis as the Tigers defeated the Aggies 9-8 Sunday afternoon at Billy Hebert Field.
With the loss the Aggies end their 2005 season with a 27-29 record while the Tigers finish at 30-28.
Pacific led 8-2 through six innings before the Aggies tied it at 8-8 in the eighth. But for the third straight day, the Tigers won it in their final at-bat, this time courtesy of Berezay's 15th home run of the season. The game-winning blast capped a 5-for-5 day for the Tiger junior, who added two runs scored and three RBIs.
With two outs and runners at second and third in the eighth, Descalso drilled a 1-1 pitch deep over the right field fence off Tiger closer Josh Schmidt, bringing home Grant Hirneise and Huffman to make it 8-8. It marked Descalso's second home run of the season and just the 10th by an Aggie player this season.
The lead did not last long as with one out in the bottom of the inning, Berezay hit a 3-2 pitch off reliever Nik Aurora over the wall in right for the eventual game-winner.
UC Davis struck for two quick runs in the top of the first. Brandon Oliver led off with a single then came home on David Butterworth's double to left. Tyler LaTorre brought the other run home as he drew a bases-loaded, one-out walk. The Aggies did not push any more across as Tiger starter Matthew Pena struck out Grant Hirneise and David Huffman to get out of the inning.
Pacific answered with three in the bottom of the frame as Justin Baum hit his team-leading 17th home run of the season, a three-run blast deep over the left field wall. Pacific added two more in the second as Berezay lined a two-out single to center then three more in the third, highlighted by an Adam Ching two-run single to center.
UC Davis was silenced after the first by Tiger starter Matthew Pena. Pena worked into the seventh before the Aggies put another run on the board. With two outs and the bases loaded, Kyle Irving hit a double down the left field line, clearing the bases and cutting the Tiger lead in half at 8-5. That ended Pena's day as Gregg Reynolds came on to retire David Treat and end the inning.
Aggie starter Jeremy McChesney worked 2 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits. In all, four Aggie pitchers worked in the game, with Aurora taking the loss after just 2/3 of an inning. Descalso finished the day going 2-5, with two runs and three RBIs as he led a 13-hit Aggie attack. Butterworth, Huffman and Brandon Oliver each added a pair of hits.
Pacific knocked out 17 hits, five from Berezay and two each from Baum, Ching and Will Brindza. Schmidt, who came on in the eighth and allowed Descalso's home run, picked up the win as his record improved to 6-4.
With Sunday's contest the Aggies concluded the 2005 season, their first against a full Division I schedule.