March 24, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis pounded out 16 hits in the opener and received a strong performance from starter Trevor Thornton as the Aggies captured game one, 10-1, over Western Oregon in a non-conference doubleheader Monday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. In the nightcap the Wolves avoided the sweep as they collected 11 hits and took advantage of three Aggies errors to come away with a 15-8 victory.
With the split the Aggies see their record move to 15-10 on the season while Western Oregon goes to 14-8.
UC Davis went on the attack early as four different Aggies collected three hits each. Matt Kamigawachi was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle as he drove home three runs in the contest. Robby Tulk, Ryan Coultas and David Butterworth also collected three hits each as the 16 total hits was the Aggies' second-highest output of the season.
Robby Tulk led off the Aggies half of the first with a singles to center and was doubled home by Kamigawachi one out later. Kamigawachi would score on a wild pitch as UC Davis led 2-0 after one inning. UC Davis would tack on two more in the second and break the game open in the fifth with three more, the big hit being Butterworth's RBI double, one of two doubles of the day for the Aggie first baseman.
The lead increased to 8-0 before Western Oregon got on the board in the seventh as Bryce Gardinier scored off an RBI double from Greg McCarthy. UC Davis would close out the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the seventh following RBI singles from Tulk and Coultas.
Thornton started for UC Davis and went 8.0 strong innings, allowing just one run on six hits. He threw just 72 pitches on the day while improving his record to 4-1. Michael Philips came on to pitch a hitless ninth inning.
Geoff Hilberg started for the Wolves and lasted 6.0 innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits while striking out three. Thys Kuitert pitched the final two innings, allowing five hits and two runs. Gardinier and Marc Knight collected two hits each for the Wolves while McCarthy and Tim Nickerson recorded the two other Western Oregon hits.
In the nightcap, Western Oregon jumped out early, scoring three runs in the first then added two more in the second. Tucker Brack lined a two-out home run to left in the first to get things going then wild pitches produced the other two runs. UC Davis fought back with single runs in the first and second to trail 5-2 entering the third, but the Wolves broke it open with six runs in the third, all unearned thanks to three UC Davis errors. UC Davis would not get within six runs the rest of the way as the Wolves hammed out 12 hits with five players having multi-hit games.
Andy Kloos started for UC Davis and lasted just one inning, surrendering three runs on three hits as he suffered the loss. Four more Aggie pitchers took turns on the mound as the five pitchers combined for 10 walks and six wild pitches. Offensively, Yaw Yiadom had two hits for the Aggies while seven others each found the hit column.
For Western Oregon, Brack led the way at the plate with two hits, four runs scored and three RBIs. Tim Nickerson, McCarthy, Gardinier and Jake Nelson also had two hits each. Gardinier matched Brack with three RBIs in the game. Jesse Hedeen started and picked up his second win, going 4.0 innings, allowing three hits and six runs. Hedeen also hit five batters and threw five wild pitches. J.R. Calderwood threw 2.0 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while Steve Suetos pitched a scoreless seventh for the Wolves.
"All-in-all it was a positive weekend," said UC Davis Head Coach Rex Peters. "To win three of four against a good club like Western Oregon is a good weekend.
"Trevor threw well today, getting ground balls and giving us a chance to make plays behind him," Peters continued. "In the second game we didn't do that. When you get behind early it's tough to come that far back."
UC Davis will next be in action on Tuesday with another non-conference game at the University of San Francisco. Gametime is set for 2pm.