Slow Start Drops Santa Clara at UCD, 11-6
DAVIS, Calif. - Santa Clara University's baseball team could not overcome a seven-run first inning by the UC Davis Aggies, losing 11-6 Wednesday night at Dobbins Stadium in Davis.
UC Davis (22-27) collected seven hits and seven runs to jump out to a quick lead and would tack on three more in the second inning and another in the third to lead 11-0. Every UCD batter that came to the plate had a hit. Scott Lyman went 3-for-5 and scored three times.
Santa Clara (21-27) was held scoreless until Tommy Medica's RBI single in the fifth. The Broncos entered the game having won 7 of 11, but slipped to seven games below .500 with six to play.
The Aggies greeted SCU starter Chris Mendoza (4-5) with four consecutive hits to begin the game. David Popkins hit a two-RBI triple before Mendoza recorded an out and UCD would never look back. Popkins (3-1) was helping his own cause. He pitched four scoreless innings until the Broncos broke through for six in the fifth.
The two teams entered the week with identical records. The meeting was the final game of a three-game midweek series between the two schools. UCD claims the season set winning 2-of-3.
Santa Clara travels to play No. 9 Cal State Fullerton this weekend on the road.