Feb. 13, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - Grant Hirneise, Jacob Jefferies and Brandon Oliver each drove in two runs, and Brad McAtee gave up one earned run off seven hits in eight innings of work to lead the UC Davis baseball team to its first win of the season in a 6-3 decision over Saint Mary's during the home-opener at Dobbins Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Aggies are now 1-4 overall this season while the Gaels fall to 3-8.
McAtee earned the win by pitching eight solid innings in which he allowed only one earned run and struck out a season-high eight batters. Justin Fitzgerald earned his first save as he struck out a batter in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
"It was good to see him (McAtee) have another good start," said head coach Rex Peters. "He really started to settle down in the later innings and was able to take control of the strike zone and get batters chasing pitches."
Oliver had his best day from the plate as he went 2-for-4 with a two-run RBI in the first inning. Hirneise and Jefferies also drove in two runs off singles.
The Aggies, who scored all six runs in the first two innings of the game, jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning behind two-RBI singles from Oliver and Jefferies.
The Gaels got on the scoreboard in the second inning as Kenny Fuglerud scored on an error by the third baseman.
Hirneise upped the Aggie lead to 6-2 in the bottom half of the second inning as he singled home two more runs.
Saint Mary's scored one run in the fifth and sixth inning off errors to cut the Aggies' lead in half, 6-3, but couldn't manage a hit in the last three innings in the loss.
"The first win of the season is always the toughest," said Peters. "Now that the first one is out of the way, we'll continue to improve and start putting more together from here."
UC Davis returns to action this Friday as they host a game with Santa Clara at 2:00 p.m. The two teams then play in Santa Clara on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. before returning back to Dobbins Stadium on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
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