No. 13 Cal Loses 9-5 Decision at UC Davis
May 13, 2008
DAVIS, CALIF. - In a back and forth contest, the No. 13-ranked California baseball team finally yielded to host UC Davis, falling 9-5 Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. Despite home runs from Josh Satin and Brett Jackson, the Golden Bears dropped to 32-17-2 on the year, while the Aggies improved to 31-19. The two teams split games this season, as Cal had topped UC Davis, 13-4, May 6 at Evans Diamond.
The winning pitcher for the Aggies was reliever Marco Grifantini, who won his first game of the year when he game into the game with two outs in the sixth inning for starter Jeff Reekers and threw 1.0 inning with two hits and one strikeout. UC Davis closer Justin Fitzgerald earned his 12 th save when he pitched the final 1.1 innings (two hits, one strikeout).The losing pitcher for Cal was reliever Daniel Wolford (2-1, four hits, two runs), who replaced the Bears' senior right-hander Alex Rollin in the fourth inning (3.0 innings, seven hits, four runs).
UC Davis had scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when lead-off hitter Ryan Royster hit a home run off of Rollin that barely cleared the fence down the left field line. Cal came back to take a 2-1 lead with two runs in the top of the second inning. Senior second baseman Satin led-off the inning with his 17th home run of the year, a deep shot to center field off of Aggie starter Reekers (5.2 innings, six hits, five runs, four earned runs, one walk, two strikeouts). The Bears added another run when sophomore center fielder Jackson doubled, was advanced to third on sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson's sacrifice bunt, and scored on sophomore right fielder Blake Smith's sacrifice fly to center field. UC Davis responded with a run in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Grant Bauer for a 2-2 tie.
In the third inning Cal took a 3-2 lead. Freshman designated hitter Brian Guinn hit a one-out single up the middle. Guinn then stole second base and advanced to third on Aggie catcher Jake Jefferies' throwing error. Guinn eventually scored on Reeker's wild pitch. The Aggies jumped ahead 4-3 when they started the third inning with back-to-back doubles off of Rollin, and later UC Davis' Kyle Mihaylo scored on a passed ball by Tonneson.
The Bear took back the lead, 5-4, in the top of the sixth inning on Jackson's two-run homer to left field off of Reeker, only to see UC Davis score twice in the bottom of the sixth to pull ahead 6-5. Matt Dempsey had an RBI ground out to second and Bauer had an RBI bunt single. The Aggies then went up, 7-5, with an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and added two more runs in the eighth inning on Eric Scoma's two-run single up the middle.
Jackson finished the game 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus also had a pair of hits for Cal.
The Bears will now take the rest of the week off for finals before concluding their regular season with a three-game Pac-10 series versus UCLA, beginning Friday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Satin, solo home run in the second inning. Jackson, two-run homer in the sixth inning.
UC Davis: Royster, solo home run in the first inning.
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