Feb. 7, 2003
POMONA, Calif. - UC Davis began a new era in baseball as first-year Head Coach Rex Peters and the Aggies opened their 2003 season with a 9-4 victory over Cal Poly Pomona in a non-conference game Friday afternoon at Scolinos field.
The Aggies jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when leadoff batter Mark Wells drilled a home run to start things in the top of the first. The Broncos, though, countered in the bottom of the first inning on a double by leadoff batter Kenny McCarthy and a sacrifice fly by Matt Stevens.
UC Davis took a 2-1 lead in the third inning when Matt Kamigawachi doubled home Ryan Coultas. The Aggies then benefited from a catcher's interference call to score four times in the fourth inning. Kyle Irving had apparently grounded into an inning-ending double play, but he was awarded first base because of catcher's interference and the result was a bases-loaded, one-out situation for UC Davis. Wells was hit by a pitch to force in a run, Robby Tulk then singled in two runs and Wells later scored on a wild pitch.
Irving again reached first because of catcher's interference in the fifth inning and, once again, the result was a bases-loaded situation. And, for the second straight inning, Wells was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Justin Carty then came on for starter Chad Burleson and got Tulk to ground into a force play, resulting in another run.
The Aggies made it 9-1 in the top of the seventh when Tulk singled in Andrew Reisinger, who had led off the inning with a single.
Cal Poly Pomona, which had only one hit through the first six innings, came up with a three-run rally in its half of the seventh. Stevens singled to center to lead off the inning and James Nepa was hit by a pitch. Gonzales followed with a double to drive in Stevens and Nepa scored on a wild pitch. Winslow delivered a two-out single to score Gonzales.
Aggie starter Dave McKae, who appeared in 23 games last season, all as a reliever, limited the Broncos to four hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings. Jack Boyl and Travis Bearden held the Broncos hitless the rest of the way.
Justin Carty allowed only three hits and one run in 2 2/3 innings or relief, while Brian Weiner pitched two scoreless innings for the Broncos.
The Aggies were led by Reisinger, who finished the game 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Tulk added two hits and four RBIs, while Wells finished with the home run and 3 RBIs, Kamigawachi, Ross Warner, Matt Blankenheim and Irving each had a hit on the afternoon.
Stevens, Anthony Gonzales and Benny Winslow drove in runs for the Broncos.
The two teams will meet again Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Scolinos Field.
UC Davis 1 0 1 4 2 0 1 0 0 - 9 10 0
CP Pomona 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 - 4 4 3
WP - Dave McKae (1-0). LP - Chad Burleson (0-1). UC Davis: Dave McKae, Jack Boyl (7), Travis Bearden (9) and Andrew Reisinger. CPP: Chad Burleson, Justin Carty (5), Brian Weiner (8) and James Nepa. Top Hitters: UC Davis - Andrew Reisinger, 3-3, 2B, 3 runs; Robby Tulk, 2-4, 4 RBIs; Mark Wells, 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; Matt Kamigawachi, 1-5, 2B, RBI; Ross Warner, 1-4; Matt Blankenheim, 1-4, run; Kyle Irving, 1-3, run. CPP - Matt Stevens, 1-3, Run, RBI; Anthony Gonzales, 1-2, 2B, run, RBI; Benny Winslow, 1-4, RBI; Kenny McCarthy, 1-4, 2B, run.