March 2, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Tyler LaTorre led five Aggies with multi-hit games and Joel Needham came on to earn his fifth save of the season as UC Davis outslugged Saint Mary's 13-11 in a non-conference game played Tuesday afternoon at a blustery Dobbins Stadium.
The victory gives UC Davis its sixth-straight win as it improves to 12-6 on the season. The Gaels drop their seventh-straight contest and fall to 3-13 overall.
The Aggies jumped out with three runs in the first as Matt Kamigawachi and David Butterworth hit back-to-back RBI doubles. Butterworth then came around to score on a wild pitch. UC Davis added two more in the second on a Robby Tulk home run to left field.
Saint Mary's had a run in the top of the second then put up three more in the third, benefitting from three hits and two UC Davis errors in the frame. The Gaels added single runs in each of the next two innings, the first on an Andrew Kloos balk and the second on a squeeze bunt from Gilbert Urbina that scored Gilbert Gil.
Michael Jacobellis lined an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth that scored Kyle Irving for the 6-4 lead. UC Davis added two more in the fifth on an Andrew Reisinger sacrifice fly before LaTorre came across on a passed ball.
Trailing 8-6, the Gaels took their only lead of the day in the sixth as Delaney Gallagher hit his first home run of the season, a grand slam deep over the left field wall for the 10-8 lead. UC Davis came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly from Butterworth and an RBI double form LaTorre, his second of the game.
UC Davis put the game away in the seventh with three more runs, two coming on wild pitches and the third on a Kamigawachi sacrifice fly. SMC's Jonathan Musgrove closed out the scoring in the eighth with a leadoff home run to left off Nik Aurora. One out later, Needham came on to retire all five batters he faced to preserve the victory.
"It was a sloppy game, sloppy on the mound and sloppy defensively," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters, referring to the Aggies' four errors and eight walks. "I thought we came out a little flat today coming off a big series against Sonoma last weekend. But we did what we need to do at the plate and stayed within ourselves. Our offense came through and kept scoring runs, we'll take it."
For the game the Aggies pounded out 12 hits, two each from LaTorre, Kamigawachi, Butterworth, Jacobellis and Irving. Tulk blasted his team-leading fourth home run of the season in the fourth. On the mound Kloos started and went 4.0 innings, giving up five hits and five runs, although only one was earned. Peter Soskin went 1.1 innings before giving way to Aurora, who lasted two innings, giving up two runs on four hits while getting his second win of the season.
For the Gaels, Gallagher went 2-for-5 with five RBIs, while Musgrove added a pair of hits. In all, Saint Mary's had nine hits on the day. Dane Dobrinich started for SMC and went 2.0 innings, allowing four hits and five runs before giving way to Matt Dolen. Dolen didn't fare much better, allowing four runs on five hits in 3.0 innings. Shane Day took the loss, giving up four runs in 2.0 innings of work.
The two teams accounted for three wild pitches, five balks, two hit batters, two past balls and a catcher's interference.
UC Davis will next be in action Friday when it hosts Chico State at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.