Cal Baseball Defeats UC Davis, 7-6, in Come From Behind Win
March 13, 2007
DAVIS, CALIF. - Junior second baseman Josh Satin had a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth to lead the California baseball team to a 7-6 come from behind win over UC Davis Tuesday at Dobbins Stadium. The Golden Bears, who had trailed 6-0 after the first five innings, improved to 10-11. The Aggies fell to 6-12.
Cal made its impressive comeback by scoring three times in the top of the ninth. Junior designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky, who finished the day 3-for-4, including a key two run double in the sixth inning, led off the ninth by reaching first on a strikeout, wild pitch by UC Davis reliever Justin Fitzgerald (0-1, 1.2 innings, 0 hits, three runs, no earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts). With one out, Mike Van Winden reached base on Aggie shortstop Matt Dempsey's fielding error. Then with two outs, Brett Munster and David Cooper walked, forcing in pinch runner Rich Gorman. Finally, Satin gave the Bears their first lead of the day when he drilled a 3-2 pitch from Aggie reliever Nik Aurora for the game-winning runs.
Sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson (2-3) earned the win by entering in the eighth and throwing 1.2 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. Bennigson was able to get UC Davis' top hitter, Daniel Descalso (4-for-5, RBI) to ground out to shortstop Munster to start the ninth. He then yielded a single to Aaron Hanke before striking out Evan Hudson. Sophomore closer Matt Gorgen then came in and struck out pinch hitter Grant Hireneise to earn his fourth save of the year.
Cal scored three runs in the sixth inning when Satin reached on a fielder's choice and scored on freshman left fielder Jeff Kobernus' double down the right field line off of Aggie starter Brad McAtee (2-1, 5.2 innings, four hits, three runs, three walks, five strikeouts). After Ryan Hanlon walked, Karnofsky plated Kobernus and Hanlon with a two-run double to left-center field. The Bears added another run in the eighth on a Kobernus RBI groundout, after Cooper had walked and Satin doubled to left-center field.
UC Davis scored two runs in the first inning off Cal freshman left-hander Mike Cassady (0-1, 1.0 inning, four hits, two runs, no walks, one strikeout) on back-to-back RBI singles by Hanke and Hudson after Cassady gave up a two-out double to Descalso. The Aggies added two more runs in the second on an RBI double by Descalso and a fielder's choice RBI by Hudson.
In the fourth, UC Davis scored when Descalso had a two-out single, stole second base and scored when Kobernus could not handle a ball hits by Hanke. The Aggies final run came in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Ryan Royster off of Cal reliever Dane Ferguson, who had provided the Bears with 4.2 solid innings (five hits, two runs, one earned run, no walks, one strikeout).
Cal will next host Rhode Island in a three-game series beginning Friday, Mar. 16 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
UC Davis: None.