March 10, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - Daniel Descalso, Aaron Hanke and Brandon Oliver each had two hits and Trevor Fox allowed one earned run off five hits to lead UC Davis to a 5-3 victory over cross-town rival Sacramento State in game two of the Causeway Cup series at Dobbins Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The win evens the series at one game apiece with game-three coming tomorrow at Hornet Field. The Aggies improve to 5-11 on the season while Sac State falls to 5-12.
Descalso continued his impressive week as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a solo home run in the sixth inning. Descalso is now 10-for-13 in his last three games with four RBI's, four doubles, four runs scored and a home run.
"I was looking for a fastball in and he just left it over the plate... I knew it was gone when I made contact," said Descalso of the home run. "I'm just seeing the ball really well right now. Everything just seems to be falling into place. "
Hanke also continues to hit well for the Aggies as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored and improved his batting average to .429 on the week. Hanke has now doubled twice, scored four times and driven in two runs over the week.
"Those two guys (Hanke and Discalso) just seem to feed off each other," stated head coach Rex Peters.
Fox earned his second win of the season by allowing only one earned run off five hits while striking out a season-high six batters in seven innings.
Justin Fitzgerald came in to pitch the final two innings and picked up his team-leading third save of the season as he gave up only two hits while striking out a batter.
"Yesterday was a big letdown for us," said Peters. "Today we needed to come out and play all nine innings. The team definitely responded today and we've now put ourselves in a position to win this series."
For the Hornets, Gabe Jacobo, Devin Spurling and Brian Boyd each drove in runs while Patrick Cummins again led the team with two hits and a run scored.
Trevor York gave up four earned runs off 10 hits in six innings of work in the loss.
The Hornets scored their first run in the first inning after a disputed out call at first was overturned to extend the inning. The Hornets would score two at-bats later off an RBI by Jacobo.
Fox settled down through the next four innings and retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced, which included five strikeouts - three of which caught the batter looking.
UC Davis retook the lead in the sixth inning as they platted three runners. The Aggies loaded the bases off three straight singles from Descalso, Oliver and Hanke. Hudson drove Oliver home off a sacrifice fly to center field to score the first run and tie the game. James then earned his first RBI of the season with another sac fly to left during the next at-bat. Van Orden then capped the inning as he collected his first hit and RBI as an Aggie by doubling home Hanke from second.
Spurling pinch hit for Sac State in the sixth inning and drove home a runner from third with a single up the middle to bring the Hornets within one run, 3-2.
The Aggies got that run back in the bottom half of the inning off a solo home run from Descalso, which went about 25 feet past the 310' mark in right field.
Fox got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning to secure the Aggie lead.
Sac State continued to fight in the ninth with a pinch hit single and a pinch hit double to score a run before finally ending the game.
The Hornets and Aggies play the rubber match of the series tomorrow afternoon at Hornet Field in Sacramento. The game begins at 1:00 p.m.