Kamigawachi Gets All-Time Hits Record In Sweep Over Sonoma

Feb. 28, 2004

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DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Matt Kamigawachi had five hits to become the Aggies all-time hits leader as UC Davis swept a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader, 8-7 in the first game and 9-5 in the second, Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.

With the victories UC Davis improves to 9-6 on the season, 7-3 in CCAA play. The Seawolves fall to 9-6 overall, 4-4 in conference action.

Needing three hits entering the nightcap, Kamigawachi doubled in the first then drove in Robby Tulk in the second as the Aggies put up six runs in the opening two innings. Tulk and Tyler LaTorre each had RBI doubles in the early Aggie outburst.

In his third at-bat, Kamigawachi lined a shot toward right that Seawolf second baseman Brandon Burgess was able to get a glove on, but could not corral, giving Kamigawachi the record. In his four year, the senior third baseman from Woodland has 215 hits, passing Don Briggs (1974-77) and Tony Schifano (1994-97).

After UC Davis raced to the 6-1 lead, Sonoma battled back with four in the third, Burgess had the big blast, a two-run home run, his third of the season, that scored Tom Everidge. UC Davis got one back in its half of the third when Lukas Kirby's RBI single scored LaTorre.

The Aggies added two insurance runs in the fifth to preserve the 9-5 victory, their-straight win. Nik Aurora relieved starter Travis Bearden and went 4.0 innings, allowing just one hit and no runs to get his first win of the season. Bearden allowed five runs on six hits in his three-plus innings of work. Dan Barone took the mound for Sonoma and allowed all nine runs on 12 hits in his first start of the season.



In the day's first game, the Aggies jumped out early as Matt Kamigawachi drilled a two-out home run to left in the first inning as UC Davis took a 1-0 lead. Sonoma tied the game in the top of the third when C.J. Larsen hit a two-out triple to leftcenter and came around to score on a throwing error by second baseman Michael Jacobellis.

UC Davis went ahead in the fourth when David Butterworth came home on an Andrew Reisinger groundout then broke it open in the sixth as Lukas Kirby connected for a three-run home run over the left field fence. It marked Kirby's second home run of the season. Sonoma got two back in the seventh on a Brent Sullivan two-run double, but the Aggies responded with three more in the bottom of the frame. Brandon Oliver's RBI single scored Kyle Irving then LaTorre's two-run single to right closed out the Aggie scoring.

In the top of the ninth, Sonoma scored four runs as Frank Cvetovac's pinch-hit two-run double followed by Larsen's two-run single closed the deficit to one. With the tying run on first, reliever Joel Needham got Adam Rachlin to strike out looking to end the game.

UC Davis pounded out 12 hits in game 1, two each from Oliver, Kamigawachi, LaTorre and Reisinger. Michael Potter started and went 8.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, while striking out seven. Needham picked up his third save of the season.

Darren Sack started for Sonoma and lasted 6.1 innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits as his record falls to 3-1. Larsen, Everidge and Nate Durham-Hammer each had two hits in the contest.

"We swung the bats well today," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "We had some clutch hits in clutch situations. We knew coming in they were good and would never quit. We kept playing all game, kept scoring runs even after getting the lead and I liked that approach.

"No one is more deserving of the record than Matt," Peters continued. "He is one of the hardest working kids in the program and he takes a very workmanlike approach."

These same two teams will be in action Sunday with a doubleheader in Rohnert Park. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Game 1
Sonoma State 001 000 204 - 7 10 0
UC Davis 100 103 30x - 8 12 1
WP - Michael Potter (2-0). LP - Darren Sack (3-1). Save - Joel Needham (3). UC Davis - Michael Potter, Jack Boyl (9), Joel Needham (9) and Andy Reisinger. SSU - Darren Sack, Noah Sweeters (7), Matt Means (8) and Mark Polizzi.

TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Matt Kamigawachi, 2-4, HR, 2 Runs, RBI; Tyler LaTorre, 2-4, 2 RBI; Brandon Oliver, 2-4, RBI; Andrew Reisinger, 2-4; Lukas Kirby, 1-3, HR, 3 RBI; Kyle Irving, 1-3 2B; Michael Jacobellis, 1-4, 2B; Robby Tulk, 1-5, 2B. SSU: C.J. Larsen, 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI; Tom Everidge, 2-4, 2B; Nate Durham-Hammer, 2-3, 2B, 2 Runs; Frank Cvetovac, 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI; Brent Sullivan, 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Brandon Burgess, 1-4; Adam Rachlin, 1-5.

Game 2
Sonoma State (9-6, 4-4) 014 000 0 - 5 7 0
UC Davis (9-6, 7-3) 331 020 x - 9 12 0
WP - Nik Aurora (1-0). LP - Dan Barone (0-1). UC Davis: Travis Bearden, Nik Aurora (4) and Andrew Reisinger. SSU: Dan Barone, Dave Stagnaro (6) and Evan Anderson.

TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Matt Kamigawachi, 3-4, 2B, RBI; Tyler LaTorre, 2-2, 3 Runs, RBI; Andrew Reisinger, 2-3, 2B, RBI; Kyle Irving, 2-3, RBI; Robby Tulk, 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Brandon Oliver, 1-2, RBI; Lukas Kirby, 1-3, RBI. SSU: Evan Anderson, 2-3, 2B; Brandon Burgess, 1-4, 2 RBI; Tom Everidge, 1-4, RBI; Nate Durham-Hammer, 1-3, 2B; Colton Daines, 1-3, RBI; Aaron O'Dell, 1-2.