Feb. 17, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Ryan Coultas and Matt Kamigawachi each drove in three runs and Trevor Thornton went five strong innings to earn his first win of the season as UC Davis defeated Sonoma State, 9-4, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game in front of 243 at Dobbins Stadium Monday afternoon.
With the win the Aggies improve to 4-3 on the season, 2-2 in conference play while the Seawolves fall to 10-4-1, 2-2 in CCAA action.
UC Davis got on the board first in the bottom of the third when Kamigawachi's two-out double to left scored Andy Reisinger. One inning later, the Aggies broke the game open with a five-run fourth. After loading the bases with no outs, Sonoma starter Landon Buck looked as though he might escape as he induced the next two batters to hit infield pop-ups. But a two-out walk to Robby Tulk and a Coultas double to left pushed three runs across. Jeff Henning came on to relieve Buck and quickly gave up a two-run single to Kamigawachi as the Aggies held a 6-0 lead at that point.
Sonoma got three runs back in its half of the sixth With one out and runners on first and second, Armando Ornelas hit a ball back to Travis Bearden, who had just relieved Thornton. Bearden turned to second to start a potential inning-ending double play, but his throw led Coultas too much and resulted in the bases being loaded with still one out. Nate Durham-Hammer then hit a sacrifice fly to right and Brandon Burgess hit one of his two doubles on the day down the leftfield line, scoring Darrel Jacks.
UC Davis added a run in the bottom of the inning on a Coultas RBI single that scored Reisinger, who led off the inning with a double to center. The Aggies pushed two more across in the seventh on a Dustin Soderman RBI single and then Soderman came home when Reisinger was caught in a rundown between first and second.
Thornton went 5.1 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, two earned, while striking out three as he evened his second record at 1-1. Dave McKae came on in the seventh and fanned three while giving up just one hit in two innings of work. Coultas pitched the ninth, striking out two while surrendering one run.
Buck lasted just 3.2 innings, surrendering six runs, all earned. Henning and McClelland combined to pitch 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Aaron Damm pitched a scoreless ninth for Sonoma.
Offensively, Coultas, Kamigawachi and Reisinger each pounded out three hits as the Aggies belted a season-best 13 on the day. Matt Blankenheim added a pair of hits while Soderman and Tulk each added RBIs.
Effren Trejo led the Seawolves with three hits while Burgess added a pair of doubles. "Today I thought we finally played with passion and got after it a bit," said Aggie Head Coach Rex Peters. "We executed better and got some hits at key times.
"Trevor did what we expect him to do: throw strikes and get groundballs," Peters continued. "Today he kept his pitches down and gave us a quality start."
UC Davis returns to conference action this Friday when it begins a four-game series against San Francisco State, in San Francisco. Gametime is set for 2pm.