March 7, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Tyler LaTorre collected three hits and Paul Gonzales went seven strong innings as UC Davis completed the four-game series sweep with an 8-5 victory over Chico State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
The win gave the Aggies a season-best 10-game winning streak and improved their record to 16-6 overall, 13-3 in conference play. Chico State falls to 11-10 on the year, 6-7 in CCAA play.
Chico State got on the board first in the top of the third as Trevor Weedon reached on a Ryan Coultas throwing error and it cost the Aggies. With two outs and runners at the corners, Joseph Ramos had an infield singled that scored Daniel White with the game's first run. On the next pitch, Jonathan Shepard lined a two-run double to left center for the 3-0 lead. All three runs were unearned as the Wildcats scored first for the fourth time in the series.
In the bottom of the frame, Matt Kamigawachi reached on an error with two outs and came around to score on David Butterworth's double to right-center. Butterworth ended the inning as he tried to stretch it into a triple and was thrown out at third on a perfect throw from the second baseman Ramos.
The Aggies cut the lead to one at 3-2 in the fifth when Kyle Irving came across on Wildcat starter Nick Burger's wild pitch. UC Davis then took its first lead of the game in the sixth when Michael Jacobellis drilled a two-run triple to right-center, scoring LaTorre and Lukas Kirby. One out later, Robby Tulk's single to right scored Jacobellis for the 5-3 Aggie lead.
In the seventh the Aggies pushed three more across when LaTorre's single to center scored Kamigawachi, who reached on a double to right. With two outs and two runners on, Kirby drilled a two-run single to center for an 8-3 Aggie lead.
Chico cut into the lead in its half of the eight as Shepard's RBI groundout scored Ryen Mathes and then Ramos came home on a Brian Lucas sacrifice fly to center.
Gonzales went the first seven innings, allowing three runs, all unearned, on six hits, striking out six as he picked up his fourth win of the season. Dave McKae came on in the eighth and allowed two runs on one hit.
"We are red-hot at the plate," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "I don't know how many two-out hits we had in this series, but my guess would be over 10. That clutch hitting makes a big difference and takes a lot out of our opponent.
"Our pitchers did an outstanding job on the mound all series," Peters continued. "You can't ask more than what they have given us the last two weeks."
LaTorre finished the day with three hits , two runs and an RBI in three at-bats while Jacobellis also added three hits in the game.
Chico was led by Ramos and Shepard as each player banged-out a pair of hits. Burger went 6.1 innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs as his record falls to 0-2 this season.
UC Davis will next be in action March 16 when it hosts Vanguard University at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.