March 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Playing its first game in over a week, UC Davis scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 9-3 win over LMU Friday. The Lions (10-17-1) were solid defensively and got a 2-for-3 effort from Justin Bunkis, but it was not enough to top the early Aggie (7-12) charge.
LMU starter Brian Wilson made his second start in six days, as the Lions altered their weekend rotation slightly, and the Aggies got to him early. UCD hung four runs in the first inning, led by Aaron Hanke's two-run double. Wilson suffered the loss and fell to 2-2 on the season after two innings of work.
The Aggies went up 5-0 in the second after Hanke doubled again and later scored on a single by Evan Hudson.
The Lions got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Bunkis launched his first collegiate home run over the wall in left center.
Hanke made it 6-1 Aggies by driving in Daniel Descalso, who doubled in the fourth.
Bunkis pushed another run across for the Lions when his double plated Sean Dovel, who singled to lead off the fourth inning for the Lions.
Lion reliever Ezequiel Ruvalcaba slowed the Aggies' charge, working for a career-long 4.1 innings beginning in the third and holding them to one run on four hits. Ruvalcaba gave way to Melvin Blackmon, Ernie Cho, and Tim Busbin.
The game remained 6-2 until Hanke put up a three-run home run in the seventh.
LMU's Sean Dovel responded with a long ball of his own in the bottom of the same frame to make it 9-3.
After drawing three walks from UC Davis reliever Nik Aurora in the bottom of the ninth, the Lions had the bases loaded. But a double play stranded two of the Lions' eight total runners left on base Friday and ended the contest at the 9-3 score.
The LMU infield had a new look Friday, with Michael Glomb moving to third, Eric Farris moving to shortstop, and freshman Joe Zeller at second base. The defense faired well, as both teams were errorless.
In addition to Bunkis' 2-for-3, two RBI game, Dovel went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Hanke finished 4-for-5 with six RBI.
UCD starter Trevor Fox (3-3) earned the win after working seven innings and holding the Lions to two runs on five hits.
The Lions and Aggies will play game two of the series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Page Stadium. Fans who can't make it to the park can catch the action at www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.