Feb. 24, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - David Butterworth hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth inning, to lead UC Davis to the 12-4 victory over Sacramento State in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Hornet Field.
With the win the Aggies improve to 7-6 on the season and pick up their second win over the Hornets this season. Sacramento State falls to 9-6 overall.
UC Davis opened a 6-0 lead in the second inning thanks to five hits in the frame. Josh Behrens laced an RBI double down the left field line to get things going then Brandon Oliver plated Behren's on a sacrifice fly to center. Matt Blankenheim and Matt Kamigawachi each had RBI singles before Andrew Reisinger had the big blow in the inning, a double to left center than scored Kamigawachi and Robby Tulk.
Sacramento State cut the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the second when Jim Strombach and Ronnie Machado, Jr., each produced RBI singles.
The Hornets added another run in the fourth after a lead-off solo homer by Bret LeVier to left center, his third round-tripper of the season. Sacramento State cut the deficit to 6-4 in the fifth when LeVier drove in a run on a fielder's choice, driving in John Acha, who led off the inning with a single.
The Aggies put the game away with four runs in the sixth inning following Butterworth's grand slam, his first home run of the season. After three-consecutive batters reached safely, Kamigawachi flew out to short center field for the first out of the inning. Butterworth then followed with a towering shot that reached the fourth level of the parking structure beyond the left field wall.
UC Davis added two more runs in the final two innings to end the game. In the eighth, Butterworth hit his second homer of the game with a solo shot over the left-center wall and one inning later, Tulk drove in a Aaron Hanke with a single to center field.
Freshman Paul Gonzales earned his first victory of the season for UC Davis after allowing four runs on six hits while walking four and striking out one in 5.0 innings. Nik Aurora came on to throw four innings of shutout relief for his first save of the season.
Offensively, Butterworth led the way going 4-for-4 with two runs, two home runs and five RBIs. Tulk finished with four hits and Kamigawachi three as the Aggies pounded out season-highs of 12 runs and 18 hits.
Sophomore Mel Cuckovich (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two in 1.1 innings. Both of Cuckovich's losses this year have come against the Aggies.
LeVier led the Hornets with two runs, two hits, a home run and two RBIs while Machado, Jr., finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Senior Jack Arroyo's consecutive-hit streak ended at 14 games after finishing 0-for-4.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it travels to Rohnert Park for the first in a four-game series against Sonoma State. Gametime is set for 2 p.m.