Feb. 12, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Michael Potter threw five solid innings of one-run ball and the Aggie offense pounded out 11 hits as UC Davis never trailed in posting a 9-5 victory over Saint Mary's on day two of the River City Baseball Classic Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 2-1 on the young season while Saint Mary's falls to 1-5.
UC Davis jumped ahead in the bottom of the first putting three runs across the plate. With the bases loaded and two outs, Daniel Descalso drove a two-run single to center, scoring Kevin James and Lucas Kirby. On the play the Gael center fielder overran the ball, allowing Brandon Oliver to score with the third run.
Saint Mary's got one back in the fifth when Cody Nelson hit a two-out double, then scored on a Bryan Byrne single to right. In the sixth Nik Aurora came on in relief of starter Potter and was promptly greeted with back-to-back home runs from Preston Young and Kevin Mangels, cutting the Aggie lead to 5-3.
Oliver doubled home Baldini in the sixth then the Aggies broke the game open with a three-run eighth inning. Jacobellis and Tyler LaTorre each had RBI singles in the frame as the Aggies extended the inning thanks to another Saint Mary's error, one of three on the afternoon for the Gaels.
Saint Mary's added an unearned run in the ninth when Sam Carter drove in Nelson with a single to right. Nelson reached with two outs when Oliver's throw from shortstop pulled Lukas Kirby off the bag.
Potter went five innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out five. Aurora went the next two innings, surrendering three runs on four hits while Sean Rooney picked up his first save with a two-inning performance.
At the plate Oliver, Jacobellis, Descalso and Ryan Royster each had a pair of hits and two RBI's to lead the Aggie attack.
Chris Mezzavilla started for the Gaels and went 3.2 innings, surrendering five runs, two earned, on four hits while striking out three. Dan Lewis came on and went the rest of the way, allowing four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Offensively, Saint Mary's had 12 hits on the afternoon, three from Carter and two each from Nelson and Young.
"We got a solid outing on the mound today as we threw strikes and played good defense, which is what we do," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "We got a timely hit in the first inning to get the lead and then when they made a run at us we had some answers. We then put the game away with a three-run eighth."
UC Davis continues play at the River City Classic on Sunday with a pair of games. The Aggies face Pacific at 10 a.m. and Sacramento State at 2 p.m. Both games will be played in Sacramento at Hornet Field.