Feb. 8, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Brandon Oliver collected four of the Aggies 17 hits as UC Davis opened its 2005 baseball season with an 8-4 victory over Sonoma State Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
The Aggies never trailed in the game as they put up three runs in the bottom of the second. After walks to the first two batters, back-to-back RBI singles from freshmen Daniel Descalso and David Huffman made it 2-0. Two outs later, Aaron Hanke pushed the third run across on an infield single to third that scored Descalso.
Sonoma responded with a pair of runs in the fourth as with two outs and nobody on, Aggie reliever Michael Potter hit Colton Daines, the first Seawolf runner to reach base. That began a two-out rally that feature three straight hits and another hit batter which produced both runs. The Aggies answered in their half of the inning as with two outs, Tyler LaTorre laced a two-run double to the gap in left-center, scoring Oliver and Hanke.
Sonoma cut back into the Aggie lead in the eighth when Daines singles, stole second, then scored on Aaron O'Dell's home run to left. It was O'Dell's third blast on the young season and gave him seven RBIs in four games. UC Davis then closed out the scoring in the bottom of the eighth on David Butterworth's RBI single to left that scored Oliver for the third time on the afternoon.
Oliver finished his day going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while LaTorre added a pair of doubles. In all five different Aggies, including Descalso, Huffman and Hanke, had multi-hit games while 10 different players contributed to the 17-hit attack.
UC Davis went into the contest planning on throwing a lot of pitchers and received solid performances from everyone. Senior Dave McKae started and went two innings, retiring all six batters, striking out three, as he picked up the win. In all, five different Aggies took the mound with Eddie Gamboa retiring all four batters he faced to close out the game.
Sonoma was led by O'Dell's 2-for-4 performance with three RBIs, while Tony Alcantar and Mike Bidwell each had a pair of hits. Paige Dumont was the first of five Seawolf pitchers on the day and he went 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits as he suffered his first loss of the season.
"All in all it was a positive day," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "We threw strikes and played good defense, which is our credo, to throw strikes, play defense and score enough runs to win. That's what we did today."
The Aggies return to action on Friday when they host the University of San Francisco at Dobbins Stadium as part of the River City Classic. Gametime is set for 2 p.m.
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