March 12, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Michael Potter threw seven strong innings and the Aggies scored in each of the first four innings as UC Davis built an 8-2 lead before cruising to the 12-5 victory over Utah Valley State in a nonconference baseball game Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 10-9 on the season while the Wolverines drop this sixth straight and fall to 5-12.
After scoring single runs in the first three innings, the Aggies put up a four spot in the fourth. Ryan Royster, Brandon Oliver, David Huffman and David Butterworth all had RBIs in the frame as the Aggies led 8-2 after the inning. UC Davis posted another four-run inning in the seventh, taking advantage of two Wolverine errors combined with four hits to take a 12-2 lead.
"We have hit the ball well that last few games and hopefully we will continue to have confidence at the plate," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "We created a lot of scoring opportunities today and came through with some timely hits."
While the Aggie bats were clicking, so was the pitching. Potter had his best outing of the season in going seven innings, scattering five hits while striking out seven. After a leadoff home run by Kory Drew to lead off the game, Potter retired the next six batters before Kevin Hashimoto reached on an error. Potter promptly picked him off first trying to steal then retired the next two hitters as the Aggies lead 3-1 after three innings.
The Wolverines added an unearned run in the fourth but that was all against the junior lefthander. Potter allowed two runs, one earned while walking no one on the afternoon. Freshman Jeremy McChesney came on in the eight to work the final two innings.
Utah Valley State cut the final margin of defeat to seven by scoring three in the ninth, stringing together four hits, including an RBI double to left that scored Todd Bateman with the innings' first run. "Potter was sharp today," Peters added. "He was ahead in the count and had good command of his pitches. It was the Potter of old."
Drew and Hashimoto each had two hits on the afternoon, including Drew's team-leading fifth home run of the season. On the mound, starter Brady Drake worked 6.1 innings, allowing all 12 runs on 16 hits before giving way to Brett Guerrero, who didn't allow a hit over the final 1.2 innings.
UC Davis concludes the three-game series with Utah Valley State on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.