March 1, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis banged out 22 hits on the afternoon and Julio Marquez threw his first complete game of the season in the opener as the Aggies swept a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader against Chico State, 6-2 and 7-3, Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the pair of victories the Aggies improve to 9-5 on the season, 7-4 in CCAA action. The Wildcats fall to 10-9 on the year, 3-8 in conference play.
Robby Tulk led off the game for UC Davis with a single to center and scored when Ryan Coultas doubled him home one batter later. Lukas Kirby doubled-home Andy Reisinger in the next inning to push the Aggie lead to 2-0. In the fourth, Chico cut the lead in half following a Steve Newson home run to left field.
UC Davis broke it open in the bottom of the inning as they scored four runs, all coming with two outs. RBI singles from Matt Blankenheim, Tulk, Coultas and Matt Kamigawachi gave UC Davis a 6-1 lead, which is all Marquez needed.
The senior was in control all afternoon, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs. He struck out seven Wildcats against one walk. He improved to 3-0 on the season with a 1.61 earned run average.
Brian Kroll started for Chico State, going seven innings, allowing all six runs. The Aggies pounded out 12 hits in the game, including five that produced runs with two outs.
In the nightcap, the Aggies were spotted to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Ross Warner laced a two-run double down the left field line, scoring Tulk and Kamigawachi. The lead grew to 5-0 before Chico battled back with three runs in the top of the sixth, the big blow being a Newson two-run double with two outs, one of the few key hits the Wildcats collected on the afternoon. UC Davis answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning as a Tulk RBI single and Coultas RBI double put the game back out of reach.
Michael Potter started for UC Davis and worked into the fifth inning scattering seven hits and striking out four. He left in the fifth with runners on second and third, but Joel Needham came on to strike out Freddy Larios and end the Wildcat threat. Needham worked the final 2.1 innings, preserving the victory for Potter, who earned his first win of the season against two defeats.
Offensively, Warner, Reisinger and Dustin Soderman each had two hits in the game as the Aggies reached double-figure hits with 10.
The Wildcats received a pair of hits from Newson, Ryan Wulfert and Brett Polan as they also pounded out 10 hits. Mike Nunes took the mound for Chico, lasting four innings and surrendering three runs as his record falls to 1-3.
These same two teams will complete the four-game series on Sunday with a single game at Chico State. First pitch is set for noon.