Feb. 26, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Daniel Descalso collected five hits, including the Aggies' first home run of the season, as UC Davis posted an 11-2 victory over Portland to salvage a split of Saturday's doubleheader at Dobbins Stadium. In the opener, Adam Kerr's soft single to center drove home Gustaf Little in the top of the 15th to give Portland a 2-1, extra-inning victory.
With the split the Aggies move to 6-6 on the season while the Pilots go to 4-6.
After playing six extra innings in the opener, the Aggies put the nightcap away early with a run in the first and three in both the second and fourth innings. In the second Dan Baldini had an RBI single and Descalso brought home two with a double down the left field line, making it 4-0. The lead went to 7-0 in the fourth with the big blast being Descalso's two-run home run down the right field line. It marked the first home run by an Aggie this season.
Portland got on the board in the sixth on Danny Meier's RBI single and added another in the eighth on Billy's Krause's first home run of the season, a solo shot to right. The Aggies closed out the scoring with two runs in both the seventh and eighth. In all UC Davis collected 17 hits in the contest as Lukas Kirby added three to go with Descalso's five.
Sean Sargent started for Portland and last just five innings as his record falls to 1-1. Sargent allowed seven runs on 10 hits. Chris Siegfried and Brian Cox each allowed two runs in relief.
In the first game it was a pitchers dual throughout. The Pilots scored in the first inning on a Nik Kosach double down the right field line that scored Travis Vetters. The Aggies answered with a run in the third when Descalso's RBI single to right scored David Treat.
That was all the scoring until Kerr's RBI in the 15th. In between it was quality pitching on both sides. Pilot starter Ari Ronick worked 10 innings, allowing nine hits with two strikeouts while walking none. Ronick retired 11 straight midway through the game and was in control throughout. Given Kutz came on in the 11th to improve his record to 2-1 on the season, scattering four hits with four strikeouts while working out of trouble in both the 13th and 14th.
The Aggies loaded the bases with one out in the 13th before a double play ended the threat and in the 14th had a runner in scoring position with one out, but left him stranded. In the 15th, Little reached on an error to lead off the inning, advanced to third on two infield outs, then scored on Kerr's single.
UC Davis was equally impressive on the hill as a trio of pitchers allowed just two runs, one earned, on 10 hits with eight strikeouts. After a 34-pitch first inning, Aggie starter Michael Potter settled down over the next five frames, finishing the day with three strikeouts, while giving up three hits and a run. Eddie Gamboa threw the next five innings, scattering two hits while Sean Rooney went the last four, giving up five hits and one unearned run.
UC Davis now heads to Hawaii to compete in the Rainbow Classic, where it faces South Florida on Tuesday, the first of five straight games in Hawaii.
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