March 23, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Matt Kamigawachi drove in Dustin Soderman with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning of game one and the Aggie pitching staff allowed just three runs in 17 innings on the day as UC Davis swept a doubleheader from Western Oregon, 3-2 and 3-1, Sunday afternoon in pair a non-conference baseball games at Dobbins Stadium.
With the wins the Aggies improve to 14-9 on the season while Western Oregon fall to 13-7.
Western Oregon opened the day by scoring in the top of the first as Tim Nickerson lined a one-out single to left. Tucker Brack drilled the next pitch off Aggie starter Julio Marquez to the wall in left, putting runners at second and third with one out. Bryce Gardinier then pushed across the first run with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Nickerson.
Back-to-back doubles from Tyler LaTorre and Robby Tulk to open the fifth put UC Davis ahead 2-1. With a runner on second and no outs, the Aggies failed to push another run across, taking a 2-1 lead into the fifth.
The Wolves tied the game in the top of the sixth as back-to-back singles by Brack and Gardinier put runners on the corners with no outs. The Wolves next batter, Greg McCarthy, hit into a double-play, but Brack came home from third, evening the score at 2-2.
Justin Olson, who relieved Wolves starter Luke Holscher to start the 10th inning, had runners on first and third with one out before getting Ryan Coultas to foul out to first. But Olson could not get out of the inning as Kamigawachi lined a 2-2 pitch to left center, scoring Soderman with the winning run.
Marquez went 8.0 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Bearden came on to work two innings of one-hit ball while earning his first victory of the season. Kamigawachi and Tulk led the Aggies offensive, each collecting two hits in the game.
Holscher went the first nine innings for Western Oregon, giving up two runs on seven hits, striking out three. Olson came on in the 10th, allowing two hits in suffering his first loss of the season against three wins.
In the nightcap, Ross Warner's two-run double in the bottom of the third was all UC Davis needed to complete the sweep as Michael Potter went 5.1 strong innings for the Aggies, earning his third win of the season. Eight different players had hits for UC Davis in the game, including doubles by Warner and Tulk. Potter allowed the one run in the sixth inning before Joel Needham came on in relief, getting Dylan Park to hit into an inning-ending double play to end the Wolves threat. UC Davis added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when Tulk scored on a double-play ball hit by Kamigawachi.
"The highlight of the day was our pitching staff," said UC Davis Head Coach Rex Peters. "To give up only three runs in two games is outstanding. Julio has done a great job of giving us quality starts each time out and today was no different. Western Oregon is a real aggressive team at the plate and our pitchers were able to get ahead of them."
These same two teams complete the four-game series with another doubleheader on Monday at Dobbins Stadium. Gametime is set for noon.