Feb. 20, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Robby Tulk led off the fourth inning with a home run to start a three-run outburst which is all the Aggies needed as UC Davis defeated San Francisco State 3-2 in the first of a four-game California Collegiate Athletic Association series Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 5-4 on the season, 4-1 in CCAA play. The Gators fall to 5-4 overall and drop their conference opener.
It was a pitchers dual early as the Aggies' Michael Potter and Gator starter Jon Bierly each were effective in the first three innings. Potter allowed just one walk in the first three innings while Bierly retired the first nine batters he faced.
Tulk ended that in the fourth as he led off with a deep home run over the right field fence, his second of the year, for the 1-0 lead. Ryan Coultas and Matt Kamigawachi followed with back-to-back singles and each came around to score on RBI groundouts for the three Aggie runs.
The Gators came back with a run in the fifth as Mike Marques drilled a two-out double to left-center and came around to score on an A.J. Biama single. The lead was cut to one in the eighth as Peter Soskin came on to relieve Potter and promptly walked the first two batters. Joel Needham then replaced Soskin and after giving up a bunt single, got Rich Daly to ground out to second, scoring Jordan Bautista on the fielder's choice.
In the top of the ninth, the Gators had runners on the corners with no outs when Marquez flied out to Kyle Irving in right for the first out. On the play, Chris Reyes tried to score from third and Irving's throw beat him to the plate, allowing catcher Andrew Reisinger to put the tag on for the second out.. One batter later, Needham got pinch-hitter Jason Adams to strike out looking to end the game.
"We didn't swing the bats well tonight and when you don't hit, you need a quality start and that's what Potter gave us today," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "Potter was overdue for a good game and today's performance is what he is capable of.
"He had one big inning today, got some timely hits and some productive outs. That was the difference in the game today."
The Aggies managed just five hits on the afternoon, two from Coultas and one each from Tulk, Kamigawachi and Tyler LaTorre. Potter went seven strong innings, allowing one earn run on four hits in striking out seven. Needham came on to pitch the final two innings, scattering three hits in picking up his second save of the year.
Bierly went 7.0 innings, allowing all three runs on five hits while striking out three. Keith Albright pitch the final inning, retiring the Aggies in order.
These same two teams are scheduled for a noon doubleheader on Saturday in San Francisco.
San Francisco St. (5-4, 0-1) 000 010 010 - 2 7 0
UC Davis (5-4, 4-1) 000 300 00x - 3 5 0
UC Davis: Michael Potter, Peter Soskin (8), Joel Needham (8) and Andrew Reisinger. SFSU: Jon Bierly, Keith Albright (8) and Keegan Moore. WP - Michael Potter (1-0). LP - Jon Bierly (1-2). Save - Joel Needham (2).
HITTERS: UC Davis: Ryan Coultas, 2-4, Run; Robby Tulk, 1-3, HR, RBI; Matt Kamigawachi, 1-4, Run; Tyler LaTorre, 1-3. SFSU: Carlos Median, 3-4; A.J. Biema, 1-3, RBI; Mike Marquez, 1-4, 2B, Run; Kyle Larson, 1-1; Kris Gibson, 1-1.
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