March 27, 2004
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Sophomore Vince DeCoito threw a one-hitter while Tyler LaTorre and Lukas Kirby each banged out two hits as UC Davis defeated host Grand Canyon, 4-1, in the opening game of a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Brazell Stadium. UC Davis then collected 13 hits in the nightcap as it extended it's school-record winning streak to 15 games with a 7-5 win over the Antelopes.
The sweep improves the Aggies' record to 21-6 on the season and 17-3 in CCAA play. Grand Canyon falls to 12-22 overall, 3-15 in conference action.
In the day's first game, Matt Kamigawachi had an RBI double followed by a David Butterworth RBI single as UC Davis scored two runs in the top of the first. That was all DeCoito needed as he mowed down the Antelope batters, holding them to one hit over nine innings. DeCoito did not allow a hit until Travis Kaats led off the fifth with a double and one out later scored on a Cody Johns sacrifice fly.
DeCoito finished the contest striking out six with just one walk, throwing just the ninth one-hitter in school history.
In the nightcap, the Antelopes took their only lead of the day with a run in the first on a Kaats' RBI double. UC Davis quickly answered with four in the second to take the lead for good. The Aggies had five hits in the inning with Robby Tulk's two-run single being the big blow.
UC Davis scored two more runs in the fourth thanks to RBI singles from Kamigawachi and Lukas Kirby, pushing the lead to 6-2. Grand Canyon cut the lead to 6-5 by the fifth on another Kaats RBI and Austin Moreland's firth home run of the season, but that was as close as they came. The Aggies added an insurance run in the sixth, benefiting from an Antelope error to close out the scoring.
Travis Bearden started and went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on three hits while striking out four. Dave McKae came on the fifth for the final 2.1 innings, allowing one with four strike outs to pick up his second save of the season.
For the game the Aggies had 13 hits, the sixth time in their last seven games they have reached double-figure hits. Tulk led the way with three while Kamigawachi, Kirby and Aaron Hanke each had two. Tyler LaTorre went 0-2 on the game, ending his hitting streak at 10 games.
These same two teams conclude their four-game series with a single game on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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