March 10, 2006
DAVIS, Calif -- UC Davis was outlasted by visiting Utah Valley State, 4-2, in baseball action Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. The Wolverines scored three runs in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. Tyler LaTorre and Lukas Kirby each went 2-for-4 for the Aggies. LaTorre and Jacob Jefferies each drove in runs to help the UC Davis attack. The game was the first of a three-game series with UVS.
UC Davis (8-9) was the first to break through in a scoreless game when it took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Jimmy Goetz started the rally with a one-out single to right field. Kirby followed with a single to right which advanced Goetz to third. Jefferies reached on a fielder's choice, driving in Goetz with the first run of the game.
In the fourth, the Wolverines (4-10) looked poised for a big inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. However, UC Davis starter Bryan Evans forced a double-play to allow the tying run to score and got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Utah Valley State came back in the fifth to score three more runs. Again, the Wolverines loaded the bases with no outs. This time, Dan Bulow singled to right center to drive in two Wolverines to make it 3-1. UVS scored its fourth run on a throwing error that occurred during a double-steal.
In the sixth, LaTorre provided a two-out single that drove in Daniel Descalso to pull the Aggies within 4-2. UC Davis had another opportunity in the seventh when Jefferies and Matt Dempsey had back-to-back one-out singles, but a double play ended the threat. UC Davis stranded a runner in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Evans suffered the loss for the Aggies and fell to 2-2 on the year. Three of the four runs he allowed in seven innings were earned. He gave up 11 hits and struck out three. Nick Aurora pitched the final two innings and allowed one hit with three walks and two strikeouts.
"We got a solid performance out of Evans. He threw well," said UC Davis head coach Rex Peters. "We didn't swing the bats. We had some opportunities, but we just couldn't get a good at bat."
Kam Mickolio picked up his first win of the year for Utah Valley State. He went eight innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. He walked one and did not have a strikeout. Marcus Moore recorded his first save of the season. Bulow and Nick Connor each went 3-for-5 for the Wolverines.
UC Davis continues the series Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday's finale is also at 1 p.m.