Baseball Downs UC Davis, 5-4


Stockton, Calif. - LF Gio Brusa hit his third home run in five games as the Pacific baseball team downed UC Davis 5-4 Saturday at Klein Family Field.

The Tigers picked up their third win in four games by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead and Brusa's eighth-inning home run stood up as the margin of victory. Brusa finished the afternoon two-for-four with a pair of runs scored.

RHP Jake Jenkins allowed three runs in 6.1 innings, scattering eight hits with a pair of strikeouts for his first win of the season. LHP Travis Lumby tossed 2.1 innings of relief, allowing just one hit and one unearned run before RHP Bryce Lombardi recorded the final out for his first save.

UD Davis opened the scoring in the second inning with a leadoff single, a pair of walks and two-out RBI singles from C Spencer Brann and LF Tino Lipson.

The Tigers answered right back in the bottom of the second as Brusa and DH John Haberman posted back-to-back singles. C Jason Taasaas reached on an RBI fielder's choice, with everyone ending up safe when the throw to second was off line. SS Brett Sullivan added a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

The Aggies surged ahead in the fifth when SS Adam
Young and Lipson opened with back-to-back singles. Young scored on an RBI groundout from Paul Politi

In the fifth, CF Tyler Sullivan started the inning with a two-strike bunt single to third base. 2B Tyger Pederson dropped down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw to first went awry as Sullivan came all the way around to score to tie the game at 3-3. 3B Dustin Torchio then laid down a bunt, and the forced throw was offline again, allowing Pederson to come in.

Brusa opened the eighth with a solo home run to right to chase Davis starter RHP Spencer Koopmans. Brusa's third of the season gave him the Tigers' team lead in homers and put Pacific up 5-3.

In the Davis ninth, PH Nick Lynch reached on a two-base error to open the inning, took second as Lumby coaxed a groundout, and scored on an RBI groundout from Lipson. 1B Spencer Henderson singled, and Lombardi entered to retire Politi to end the ball game.

Pacific improves to 13-32 on the year, and 5-15 in the Big West, while UC Davis falls to 17-31 overall and 4-16 in Big West play.

Game three is Sunday at 1 p.m.