March 24, 2005
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - UC Davis scored five runs in the first inning and showed no signs of rust following a nine-day layoff for final exams as the Aggies opened a three-game series against UC Riverside with a 13-1 victory Thursday evening at the Riverside Sports Complex.
With the win the Aggies improve to 13-9 and continue their season-best six-game winning streak. UC Riverside falls to 11-11.
UC Davis pounded out 14 hits on the evening, three each from David Huffman, Daniel Descalso and Aaron Hanke. Hanke was playing his first game since the opening weekend and responded with two doubles and an RBI.
The Aggies put the game away early with a five-run first inning, sparked by a two-run double from Lukas Kirby. The big inning allowed starting pitcher Dave McKae to settle down and throw strikes, which he did by fanning a career-high-tying 10 while walking nobody. The only run allowed by the Aggie senior came in the third when Aaron Grant's fielder's choice scored Brett Bigler for the only Highlander run.
UC Davis put another five-spot on the board in the fifth as it took advantage of two Highlander errors to push the lead to 10-1. A two-out, two-run single from Descalso chased Highlander starter Taylor Bills, who allowed 10 runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings.
The Aggies closed out the scoring in the seventh with three more runs. Ryan Roster drove in the first with a double, followed by an RBI single from Kirby while Hanke drove in Kirby with an RBI double for the final run of the game.
UC Davis pounded out double-digit hits for the fifth time in its last six games and have now averaged 9.0 runs per game during the winning streak.
McKae went the first seven innings, allowing just the one run on six hits. Justin Fitzgerald went the final two innings, retiring all six batters he faced, including two strikeouts.
Huffman finished the night with two runs and three RBIs in addition to his three hits, while Kirby added two hits and three RBIs. Royster, who had two hits, scored three runs on the evening.
Bigler led the Highlanders with three hits on the night, while Nick Salotti had two and Louie Hernandez was then only other player with a hit for UC Riverside. The Highlanders were plagued by six errors which resulted in four unearned runs in the game.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.
UC DAVIS BASEBALL
UC Davis (13-9) 500 050 300 - 13 14 1
UC Riverside (11-11) 001 000 000 - 1 6 6
WP - Dave McKae (4-1). LP - Taylor Bills ((2-4). Save - None. UC Davis: Dave McKae, Justin Fitzgerald (8) and Tyler LaTorre, David Treat. UCR: Taylor Bills, Marc Rzepczynski (5), Nicholas Clark (7), Dan Runzler (7) and Jeff Abney.
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Daniel Descalso, 3-5, 2 RBI; Aaron Hanke, 3-5, 2 2B, RBI; David Huffman, 3-5, 2 Runs, 3 RBI; Ryan Royster, 2-6, 2B, RBI, 3 Runs; Lukas Kirby, 2-5, 2B, 2 Runs, 3 RBI; Brandon Oliver, 1-5. UCR: Brett Bigler, 3-4, Run; Nick Salotti, 2-4; Louie Hernandez, 1-4, 2B.