March 5, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Left-hander Michael Potter went the distance on the mound for UC Davis, benefitting from a solo home run from Kyle Irving and a three-run double from Ryan Coultas, as the Aggies won their seventh straight game with a 6-2 win over Chico State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball matchup at Dobbins Stadium.
UC Davis improved to 13-6 overall and 10-3 in the CCAA while the Wildcats dropped to 11-7 overall and 6-4 in the conference.
Potter improved to 3-0, earning the team's first complete game of the season. He struck out eight batters - recording four straight outs in the third and fourth innings with strikeouts - while walking just two and scattering six hits.
"He threw a few more pitches (140) than we wanted him to but he kept us in the game and he wanted to stay in there and finish," said Aggies coach Rex Peters. "We have a light week next week, so he'll be fine."
Irving gave UC Davis the lead for good in the third inning, leading off the stanza with a home run to right off Wildcats' starter Brian Kroll. It was Irving's third homer of the year and gave the Aggies a 2-1 lead. Irving also had a pair of sacrifice bunts in the game.
Potter helped keep UC Davis in front with a 2-1 lead by not allowing a runner past second base from the second through sixth innings and facing just one batter over the minimum from the third through sixth. Chico State's Ryan Mathes singled to lead off the seventh, was sacrificed to second and then moved over to third on an infield grounder, but Potter stranded him there by getting Scott Thomson to ground out to third baseman Matt Kamagawachi.
A leadoff double from Tyler LaTorre and single from catcher Andy Reisinger started the Aggies' rally in the seventh. Lukas Kirby singled in LaTorre and after Robby Tulk was intentionally walked two outs later, Coultas followed with a two-strike double to right that cleared the bases.
"We wasted a few opportunities early but we executed later in the game," said Peters. "We didn't do a lot offensively but it was timely."
UC Davis had eight hits in the game, including a pair from Kirby. First baseman David Butterworth tripled for the Aggies.
"When you get a pitching performance like that and play defense like we did, you have a pretty good chance to win the game," Peters said.
Mathes had a pair of hits for Chico State, while first baseman Ryan Wulfert had a two-out homer in the ninth. Kroll struck out five and walked three for the Wildcats, dropping to 2-1. The teams continue their four-game weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday at Nettleton Stadium in Chico. They conclude the set with a noon matchup on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium.