Cal Baseball Falls at UC Davis, 8-7
May 24, 2005
DAVIS, CA - Cal jumped out to a 6-0 lead with three runs in the second and the fourth innings, but could not hold its lead, falling 8-7 to UC Davis Tuesday at Dobbins Stadium in Davis. The Golden Bears dropped to 32-22 overall and the Aggies improved to 27-26.
Cal started on a high note as the Bears had a solid outing from starter Eric Dworkis (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) and scored three runs in the second inning on a three-run homer from freshman second baseman Josh Satin. Cal tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning off of UC Davis starter Michael Philips (4.0 innings, seven hits, six runs, three earned runs, two walks) on a RBI double by Satin and a two-run single up the middle by sophomore right fielder Chris Errecart.
The Bears' pitching ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving up six runs. Junior right-hander Adam Gold started the inning and ended up yielding five runs on five hits. Gold allowed runs to score by giving up a sacrifice fly to David Huffman, a RBI single to Brandon Oliver and a sacrifice fly to Daniel Descalso. Senior reliever Matt Swanson replaced Gold and gave up a RBI single to Lukas Kirby, a RBI double to David Butterworth and a RBI single to Kyle Irving. Finally, Swanson was able to get out of the inning by picking off Irving at first base and forcing rundowns between first and second, and third and home. Swanson tagged Butterworth trying to advance to home to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth with the score, 6-6, UC Davis added two more runs off of Cal reliever Alex Trafton (2-1, 1.0 inning, three hits, two runs). With two outs, Descalso hit a two-run double to give the Aggies their first lead of the day.
The Bears were able to get within 8-7 with a bases loaded infield single by senior third baseman Matt Einspahr in the top of the seventh off Aggie reliever Nik Aurora (2-0, 3.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout). But, Cal was shutdown the final two innings by Aggie closer Eddie Gamboa (fourth save, 2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, three strikeouts).
Satin finished the game 2-for-5 with a home run, double and four RBI. Errecart, Einspahr and senior designated hitter James Holder (2-for-4, double) also had two hits apiece for the Bears.
Cal now travels to Arizona (36-17, 16-5) for a crucial three-game series versus the No. 6-ranked Wildcats, beginning Friday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at Frank Sancet Field in Tucson. The Bears are currently 11-10 in the Pac-10 and are looking to finish .500 or better in league play.
Cal: Satin, three-run homer in the second inning.
UC Davis: None.