Bruso starts opener; Aggies 1-2 so far |

Bruso starts opener; Aggies 1-2 so far

Greg Bruso, a former South Tahoe pitcher and defensive stalwart for the basketball team, drew the starting assignment when UC Davis opened its baseball season Feb. 9.

The sophomore pitched five innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs as the Aggies lost 5-4 to San Francisco State. A three-run Aggies rally in the seventh inning temporarily tied the game and prevented Bruso from taking the loss. The right-hander had excellent control, issuing only one walk.

Bruso was used in relief in an 11-7 home defeat to Sacramento State on Tuesday. Bruso suffered the loss in relief, giving up six hits and four earned runs in two innings of work.

The Aggies picked up their first win of the season with a 16-2 pasting of Luis Tiant’s Savannah College of Art & Design club Thursday in Davis, Calif. Davis scored five runs in the second inning and followed with six more runs in the third to break open the nonconference game. Twelve different UC Davis players had at least one hit to pace the Aggies’ 14-hit attack against five Bees pitchers. UC Davis also took advantage of nine walks and five SCAD errors.

Aggies starter John Holtkamp was strong in his first appearance of the season, striking out 10 and allowing just an unearned run and three hits over the first five innings. Joe Alioto gave up one run over the final four innings to earn the save.

“I thought we swung the bats well,” said UCD coach Phil Swimley. “I was pleased with Holtkamp. He changed speeds well and got the ball over the plate. We’re happy we got some extra guys in the game.”

UC Davis (1-2) hosts Cal St. Hayward at 2 p.m. Friday.

Notes: STHS product Starbuck Teevan, who started his college career at Sacramento City College, is a reserve second baseman for the Aggies.

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