April 2, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Tyler LaTorre drilled a two-run home run over the right field wall as part of a three-run eighth inning to lift UC Davis to the 4-2 victory over Sacramento State in a nonconference baseball game Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies take the first two games of the three-game series and improve to 16-10. It also marked the fourth win in as many games against the Hornets this season. Sacramento State falls to 8-19-1 overall.
UC Davis trailed 2-1 heading into the eighth before Daniel Descalso led off with an infield single. One out later, Lukas Kirby drove him home from second with a single to center. The Hornets then went to Marshall Plouffe in relief of starter Matt Campbell. Plouffe got the second out of the inning but then LaTorre drove an 0-1 pitch deep over the wall in right for his first home run of the season.
"We got some timely hits at the end of the game," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "The ball Tyler hit was a curveball down and in and he dropped the head of the bat on it and hit it very well."
That would be enough for Aggie reliever Peter Soskin, who retired the Hornets in the ninth to pick up his second win of the season.
The Aggies opened the scoring in the third when Descalso's double to the wall in right scored Brandon Oliver all the way from first. That was the only run UC Davis produced until the three-run eighth.
Aggie starter Michael Potter looked strong early then worked out of trouble in the fourth when the Hornets loaded the bases with nobody out. In succession, Potter got a strikeout, a force out at home and a pop up to short center to get out of the inning without harm.
"That was a bulldog performance by Potter in the fourth," said Peters. "He worked out of the jam and kept us in the lead."
The Hornets finally broke through in the seventh with a pair of runs. Josh Levin singled home Brian Conradi, who led off the inning with a double to left. Levin then came home on Everet Rincon's RBI single to center as Sacramento State led for the first time this series. After the second run Soskin came in and ended the Hornet rally, keeping it at a one-run game.
Potter ended his day going 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Soskin worked the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up just one hit with a strikeout.
Offensively, Descalso finished the afternoon with three hits while LaTorre went 2-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Campbell had an impressive start for the Hornets. The senior went 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. Josh Levin had a pair of hits to lead the Hornets.
The third and final game of the series is Sunday at Hornet Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.