March 17, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis pounded out 20 hits, three each from Robby Tulk and Brandon Oliver, as the Aggies won their 12th-straight game with a 16-9 non-conference victory over Vanguard University Wednesday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 18-6 on the season and extended their school-record winning streak to 12 games. Vanguard fell to 7-17-1 following the contest.
Adam Yoder led off the game for Vanguard with a double down the leftfield line and came home on David Hudgins' RBI groundout to first. It was the Lions only lead of the game as Tulk led off the bottom of the first with a triple to left center. He came around to score on the first of two Ryan Coultas sacrifice flies.
In the bottom of the second the lead increased to 6-1 after a two-run home run from Kyle Irving and another Coultas sacrifice fly, bringing home Tulk who hit his second triple of the game on the previous at-bat. The Lions got one run back in the fourth when Jason Searle hit the first of his two home runs to left field, making it 6-2.
Vanguard put up three runs in its half of the sixth. Searle doubled home David Hudgins then scored on a Scott Martin single. Mike Sparks added an RBI single that plated Martin with the final run of the frame. UC Davis responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, capitalizing on five hits. Coultas' triple scored Tulk and Aaron Hanke had a pinch-hit RBI double in the frame. The Aggies added three more runs in the seventh, benefitting from three more hits and a Vanguard error to close out their scoring.
In the ninth freshman Nik Aurora took the mound for UC Davis, the fifth Aggie pitcher on the afternoon. He allowed the first three batters to reach base before Searle hit his second home run of the game, an inside-the-park grand slam. Searle hit a smash to center that Tulk made a diving attempt to get, but the ball bounced in front of the outstretched Tulk and rolled all the way to the fence, clearing the bases. Aurora then retired the next three batters to end the game.
Vince DeCoito started for UC Davis and went 5.0 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits to pick up his fifth win of the season against one loss. Peter Soskin, Paul Gonzales, Travis Bearden and Aurora each threw one inning of relief. Offensively, the Aggies pounded out season-bests of 20 hits and 16 runs. Tulk finished with three hits and three runs scored while Oliver went 3-for-3 on the afternoon, reaching base all five plate appearances. Coultas finished with four RBIs while Irving also extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Robert Klein started for Vanguard and went 4.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and nine runs as his record falls to 0-3. Searle ended his day 3-for-6 with two home runs, a double, three runs scored and six RBIs. Yoder added three hits while Hudgins and Martin finished with two hits each.
"When you get 20 hits you are going to score runs and win games," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "The game was a little sloppy but that happens when there are a lot of runs scored.
"I thought it was real important to get a lot of guys on the mound and we were able to do that today," Peters continued. "With another big break in the schedule we will try to keep the guys sharp before the Grand Canyon series."
UC Davis will next play on March 26 when it resumes California Collegiate Athletic Association play with the first of a four-game series at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.