March 29, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. -
Junior right-hander Brad McAtee pitched a two-hit complete-game shutout and senior Kevin James had a game-high two RBI's to lead UC Davis past Pacific, 4-0, in the second game of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. The win gives the Aggies a series win over the Tigers as they won yesterday's opening game.
UC Davis has now won 10 of its last 11 games and stands at 16-8 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Tigers fall to 5-18 overall and 0-2 in conference. In addition, it is the Aggies second shutout of the season.
"We've pitched well and played good defense the past couple games and that's what it takes to win," said Aggie coach Rex Peters. "I'm really please with how we've swung the bats as well."
McAtee threw the first complete game of his Aggie career and is now tied for the team lead with four wins. He struck out five batters and retired 16 consecutive until finally walking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning. Pacific's hits came in the second and fourth innings.
"If he (McAtee) gets in a rhythm, he can be tough," said Peters. "He found that rhythm in the middle and late innings."
James finished with a double, two RBI's and scored a run to lead UC Davis offensively. Ty Kelly, who improved his hitting streak to 11 games, and Grant Hirneise each drove in a run. Evan Hudson and Scott Heylman were the only players to record multiple hits in the game. Hudson went 3-for-4 with a run scored while Heylman was 2-for-3.
Brian Martin and Kurt Wideman had the Tigers' only hits. Starter Mark McCain gave up all four runs and struck out two in the loss.
The Aggies wasted no time scoring the game's first run as they got on the board in the first inning off just two hits. Ryan Royster led the game off with a double down the left field line and was driven home the next at bat off a Kelly single up the middle.
Pacific got its only threat going in the third inning as they loaded the bases off a hit and two consecutive hit batsmen. McAtee got out of the jam by off a double-play ball.
UC Davis tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Following singles from Hudson and Jake Jefferies, James doubled the right field to bring the runners home. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, James was brought home by a Hirneise single to center.
The series concludes tomorrow at Dobbins Stadium with a 1 p.m. start time. The game can be heard live on ucdavisaggies.com courtesy of Pacific radio.