March 13, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - The first nine Aggie batters reached base, highlighted by a three-run home run by Lukas Kirby, as the Aggies scored eight first-inning runs en route to a 10-2 victory over Utah Valley State in a nonconference baseball game Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies sweep the three-game series and improve to 11-9, improving their season-best winning streak to four. The Wolverines drop their seventh straight and fall to 5-13.
After Utah Valley State scored in the top of the first, the third straight game the Wolverines scored in their opening at-bat, the Aggies broke the game open with the eight-run first. UC Davis chased Wolverine starter Jed Jensen in the first after Jensen did not record an out in facing the first eight Aggies. After a leadoff walk to Ryan Royster, the Aggies strung together seven straight hits, including Kirby's first home run of the season, to chase Jensen. Kyle Tash came on in relief and promptly allowed a single to David Huffman, making it 8-0 before an out was recorded.
The eight runs was more than enough for Aggie starter Vince DeCoito. The junior righthander worked the first six innings, allowing two runs, one earned on three hits while striking out five as his record improves to 2-2 this season. Peter Soskin, Nik Aurora and Sean Rooney each threw an inning of scoreless relief.
Offensively the Aggies pounded out 14 hits on the afternoon, led by Michael Jacobellis who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Kevin James and Dan Baldini each had a pair of hits as UC Davis banged out double-figure hits for the fourth straight game.
"This weekend hopefully gives us some confidence to get on a roll," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "I felt we have pitched well all year and played good defense, and this past week we have swung the bat well."
After the big first inning, the Aggies added single runs in the second and fifth as Jacobellis' double in the second scored Baldini and Ryan Royster doubled home Jacobellis in the fifth with the final run of the contest.
The Wolverines added a run in the first when Reno Mendenhall's long sacrifice fly to center scored Kory Drew all the way from second base. Utah Valley State added their final run in the second on a Jeremy Harris sacrifice fly that scored Nick Connor.
UC Davis is next in action on Tuesday when it hosts Nevada at Dobbins Stadium. Gametime is set for 2 p.m.