March 16, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Robby Tulk and Ryan Coultas each had three hits as the UC Davis offense collected 18 hits on the day as the Aggies ran their winning streak to 11 with a 12-4 victory over Vanguard University in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 17-6 on the season while the Lions fall to 7-16-1 overall.
UC Davis opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth when Tyler LaTorre led off with a walk and scored when the next batter, Lukas Kirby, drilled his third home run of the season to centerfield. The Aggies pushed across another run in the fifth when Coultas led off the frame with a triple to right center. The next batter, Matt Kamigawachi, scored Coultas on an RBI groundout.
The Lions took their only lead of the game in the top of the sixth as they batted around. Back-to-back singles from Nikolaus Crouch and Mike Sparks started the rally. One out later, Matt Voorheis drilled a one-two pitch over the leftfield fence, tying the game. The next batter, Travis Westerfeld, followed with his first home run of the season, making it 4-3, Vanguard.
UC Davis quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Michael Jacobellis lined a one-out triple to right center and came home on Kyle Irving's double to leftfield. Tulk then singled Irving home with the go-ahead run. The Aggies added another run in the seventh when Irving singled home David Butterworth, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
The Aggies closed out the scoring in the eighth when Kamigawachi connected for his second home run of the season, a two-run shot that scored Tulk. With the bases loaded and two outs, pinch hitter Josh Behrens hit an infield pop up that secondbaseman Joe Candelaria dropped for an error, allowing two runs to score. Irving and Matt Blankenheim then hit back-to-back RBI singles to bring in the final two runs.
In addition to Tulk and Coultas, Kamigawachi, Kirby, Jacobellis and Irving each had multi-hit games while with LaTorre and Irving extending their hitting streaks to seven games.
Michael Potter started for UC Davis and went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs and eight hits while striking out six. Dave McKae came on in the sixth to relieve Potter and went 2.2 innings, scattering one hit and striking out two to pick up his first win of the season. Joel Needham pitched a perfect ninth for the Aggies. Westerfeld had a pair of hits to lead the Lions while Voorhies home run was his only hit of the afternoon. Jason Searle started and lasted six innings, surrendering five runs on 12 hits as his record falls to 0-6. Matt Franco and Bishop Griggs pitched the final two innings, giving up six hits and seven runs, although only three were earned.
"I thought we came out a little flat to start the game," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "It's always a concern when coming off a long break. But after we fell behind we started to swing the bats better. We had some good at-bats mixed through the order and the biggest difference was early on we didn't produce with runners on base. Later in the game we were able to get some clutch hits with guys on."
These same two teams will wrap up their brief two-game series on Wednesday with a noon contest at Dobbins Stadium.