April 1, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior right-hander Jeff Reekers allowed only one run and scattered three hits over 7 1/3 innings of work, and Ryan Royster, Aaron Hanke and Evan Hudson each drove in runs to lead UC Davis past UC Riverside, 3-1, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win, the Aggies avoid the sweep and pull themselves to 9-16 on the season while the Highlanders fall to 18-11.
Reekers pitched his best game as an Aggies as he allowed only one run in the fourth inning while giving up only three hits and striking out two batters to earn his team-high third win of the season. Reekers had a no-hitter through three innings and retired 14 straight batters after giving up a run.
"Reekers is the big story today for us," said UC David head coach Rex Peters. " He pitched outstanding today and gave us a chance to win the ballgame."
Eddie Gamboa came on in the eighth inning with the go-ahead run at the plate and retired the next five batters he faced to earn his first save of the season and lock up the win for UC Davis.
"This is probably our biggest win of the season," said Peters. "Instead of heading out of this series on a three-game slide, we're now riding one heading into next weekend's series."
In a game where all the runs came in four separate innings, Hanke, Royster and Hudson each had RBI's to lead the Aggies offensively.
Matt Dempsey continues to hit well for the Aggies as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and has now raised his batting average to a team-best .408 since returning to the lineup last month.
Brandon Oliver was the only other player with multiple hits in the game as he went 2-for-4
Mark Samuelson drove in the only run for UC Riverside in the fourth inning off a pop-up that traveled deep into foul territory on the third base side.
The Aggies scored their first run of the game in the first inning off a Highlander error that allowed Dempsey to score from third base.
Hudson singled home another run in the third inning off a chopper that found its way to right field to score Demspey from third.
The Highlanders would cut into the lead in the fourth inning with the RBI from Samuelson, but were unable to get another runner on base until the seventh inning.
Royster added to the Aggie lead in the sixth with an RBI single up the middle that scored Hudson from second.
After the leadoff batter grounded out to start the Highlanders' eighth inning, Kyle Barratt doubled to break up Reekers' string of 14 consecutive batters retired and Jeff Dunbar then singled the next at-bat to put runners on the corners and bring the go-ahead run to the plate. Gamboa entered the game and got the next two batters to fly out to end the threat.
UC Davis will travel to Stockton next weekend for a three-game series with Pacific at the new Klein Family Field.