March 11, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Ryan Royster collected three hits and the Aggies rallied behind a four-run seventh inning as UC Davis defeated Utah Valley State College 7-5 in the first of a three-game series Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 9-9 on the season while the Wolverines fall to 5-11.
Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Aggies strung together four hits, sparked by Royster's leadoff double to center. The freshman scored on Daniel Descalso's RBI single through the right side, his second run of the game. Kyle Irving, Tyler LaTorre and Matt Dempsey also had RBIs for UC Davis in the frame, which was all reliever Eddie Gamboa needed. Gamboa came on in the sixth and worked the final four innings, scattering three hits while allowing an unearned run as his record moves to 2-0.
Utah Valley State wasted little time getting on the board with single runs in both the first and second innings. Kory Drew singled to lead off the game then scored on a Trent Perry sacrifice fly to center. The score went to 2-0 when Todd Bateman's single up the middle scored Nick Conner, who singled and stole second.
UC Davis tied it up in the bottom of the third when Royster stole third and scored on a throwing error by catcher Cory Newton. Descalso then hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Brandon Oliver, for the Aggies' second run.
After the Aggies went ahead in the fourth, the Wolverines put two more runs up in the fifth with Canyon Vance scoring on a wild pitch and Perry coming home on a groundout. Utah Valley State pushed the lead to 5-3 in the sixth when LaTorre was called for catcher's interference, a play on which Bateman came home from third.
Dave McKae started for UC Davis and worked five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out six before giving way to Gamboa. Offensively, the Aggies collected 12 hits on the afternoon, their second straight game with 12 hits.
Utah Valley State used three pitchers on the afternoon, with all three getting work in the seven inning. Starter Kam Mickolio went 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on nine runs before Beau Giles came on in the seventh. Giles recorded just one out, surrendering two runs as he suffered his first defeat of the season.
The Wolverines had 10 hits in the game, two each from Drew, Vance, Bateman and Reno Mendenhall.
These same two teams continue the series with a Saturday afternoon game at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.