Feb. 25, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Starter Dave McKae struck out a career-high 10 batters, and shortstop Brandon Oliver had three hits to lead a 12-hit Aggie attack as UC Davis opened a three-game series against Portland with an 8-2 win over the Pilots Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 5-5 on the season while the Pilots fall to 3-5.
McKae was masterful for much of the game as he allowed just two hits and no runs through the first six innings. After a single in the first, McKae did not allow another hit until Nik Kosach connected for a one-out single in the sixth. In between McKae allowed just a walk and hit a batter, retiring nine straight at one point. He finished his afternoon allowing two runs on five hits to go with the 10 strikeouts.
The Aggies jumped out first with a pair of runs in the second. UC Davis took advantage of an error, hit batter and wild pitch before David Huffman drilled a double down the left field line, scoring Kyle Irving and Michael Jacobellis. Two more runs scored in the third on a David Butterworth RBI single and a sacrifice fly from Tyler LaTorre.
In the fourth Ryan Royster reached on a two-out double to right. With Royster running, Brandon Oliver then beat out a single to short and Royster never stopped, coming home to score on the infield single. Daniel Descalso lined the next pitch into the corner in right, scoring Oliver with the double to make it 6-0, UC Davis.
The Pilots finally got to McKae in the seventh as with one out, Portland strung together three straight singles, the last by Justin Ehlers to bring home Justin Pierce. Joe Watson then followed with an RBI groundout to short that plated Jason Krohn.
The Aggies added two more in the seventh on a two-run double to left by Royster. Both runs were unearned as an error by second baseman Gustaf Little extended the inning. Portland closed out the scoring in the ninth as with two outs, Krohn walked and then scored on Ehlers' double to deep right field.
"That is what we do, throw strikes, play good defense and get some big hits," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "We finally got some timely hits and put some crooked numbers on the scoreboard. It's a lot easier to play when you have the lead.
"(McKae) had a good tempo in the middle innings," Peters continued. "He was ahead in the count today and in command of the strike zone. When that happens he is tough to hit."
Josh Roberts started and went seven innings for Portland, allowing eight runs, five earned, on 12 hits while striking out three. Brian Yoakum pitched the eighth, sending the Aggies down in order.
Justin Fitzgerald came on in relief of McKae in the eighth to work the final two innings, allowing one run on one hit.
Offensively, Oliver had three hits while Royster finished with two doubles and a pair of RBIs while LaTorre and Descalso also had two hits. Ehlers and Kosach each had two hits to lead the Pilots.
These same two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is set for 10 a.m.