Feb. 29, 2004
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Vince DeCoito went 8.1 innings without allowing an earned run and pinch hitter Matt Blankenheim connected for a two-run single in the top of the ninth as UC Davis rallied for three runs in its final at-bat to defeat Sonoma State 4-2 in the first game of a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader Sunday at Seawolf Field.
The Aggies came back in the nightcap to earn the sweep with a 2-1 victory as freshman Paul Gonzales allowed just one run in 5.2 innings to pick up his third win of the season.
With the sweep UC Davis improves to 11-6 on the season, 9-3 in CCAA play. The Seawolves fall to 9-8 overall, 4-6 in conference action.
In the first game, the Seawolves took an early 2-0 lead as Adam Rachlin and Tom Everidge both had RBI singles in the third. Both runs were unearned as two Aggie errors kept the inning alive. Seawolf starter William Krout was in control as he allowed just two hits through the first six innings but Robby Tulk led off the seventh with a home run to right to cut the lead in half.
Trailing 2-1 in the ninth, pinch hitter Michael Jacobellis lined a one-out double down the right field line. Krout then struck out Tulk for the second out, but he gave up an RBI single to Ryan Coultas, walked Matt Kamigawachi then hit David Butterworth to load the bases. Aaron Damm relieved Krout and gave up the two-run single to Blankenheim for the final runs of the game.
DeCoito allowed seven hits and two unearned runs on the day, striking out five and allowing just one walk as his record improves to 3-1. Joel Needham came on in the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the year.
In the second game, the Aggies struck for single runs in the fourth and fifth and that was all the Aggie pitching staff needed in the 2-1 victory. Tyler LaTorre's sacrifice fly scored Coultas with the first run then Jacobellis hit another sacrifice fly to plate Aaron Hanke in the fifth for the 2-0 lead.
Sonoma came back with a run in the bottom of the sixth on a Colton Daines RBI single that scored C.J. Larsen. But Dave McKae came on in relief of Gonzales to record the final four outs of the game for his first save of the season.
In his first appearance of the year after missing most of February with an injury, McKae went 1.1 innings, allowing no hits while walking two. Gonzales went 5.2 innings, scattering four hits and one run while striking out three as his record improves to 3-1.
Kyle Irving and Kamigawachi each had two hits in the game to pace the Aggie offense.
Andrew Opatz started and lasted 6.0 innings, allowing both runs on eight hits as his record evens out at 1-1 this season.
UC Davis will next be in action Tuesday when it hosts Saint Mary's at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.