April 2, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Robby Tulk hit his team-leading seventh home run and the Aggies received another strong pitching performance from Michael Potter as UC Davis ran its conference winning streak to 13 with a 7-4 victory over UC San Diego in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 23-7 on the season, 18-3 in conference play. UC San Diego falls to 25-13 overall, 15-10 in CCAA action.
Tulk wasted little time getting the Aggies going as he led off the bottom of the first with a triple to right. The next batter, Ryan Coultas, then brought him home on a groundout to shortstop. UC Davis added two more in the frame as Lukas Kirby doubled home Matt Kamigawachi and then came around to score on Kyle Irving's single up the middle.
The Tritons got one run back in the fourth when Jeff Riddle's double to deep left center scored Keith Hernandez to cut the lead to 3-1. The Aggies answered back in their half of the inning as with one out, Tulk drilled a two-run home run over the rightfield fence for the 5-1 lead.
UC Davis added single runs in the fifth and seventh to extend the lead to 7-1, which was more than Potter needed. The sophomore did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and stymied the Triton batters for much of the game. He cruised through the first eight innings before tiring in the ninth when he allowed three runs on three hits, the big blow coming on Damian Fante's two-run singles to center. With two outs in the ninth and runners on the corners, Dave McKae came on to strikeout Ricky Pinocchio for the game's final out.
For the contest Potter went 8.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out six as his record improved to 5-0. McKae picked up his third save of the season in his brief appearance. At the plate Kirby and Irving each had three hits while Tulk finished with two hits and a pair of RBIs. In all the Aggies hammed out 13 hits on the afternoon.
Byron Grubman started for the Tritons and went 7.0 innings, allowing seven runs on 13 hits while striking out four. With the loss his record falls to 3-3 this season. Riddle led the Tritons with two of UC San Diego's six hits on the afternoon.
"Today we pitched well, played good defense and jumped out early," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "That's a big advantage when you do that against a good club because it takes them out of their offense. "Michael pitched well," Peters continued. "He was in control for much of the game and just got a little tired at the end."
These same two teams will be in action on Saturday with a doubleheader at Dobbins Stadium beginning at noon.