April 3, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Ryan Leake's wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth scored Michael Jacobellis with the winning run to give UC Davis a 4-3, extra-inning victory over UC San Diego in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. In the day's first game, Dave McKae threw 4.1 innings of scoreless relief as the Aggies posted a 6-3 win over the Tritons.
With the sweep UC Davis improves to 25-7 overall, 20-3 in CCAA play, including a current winning streak of 15 conference games. UC San Diego falls to 25-15 on the season, 15-12 in conference action.
In the nightcap, the Aggies jumped out to a 3-1 lead following Matt Kamigawachi's solo home run in the third. The Tritons cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth when Ricky Pinocchio tripled to right then scored on a wild pitch. Down to their last at-bat in the scheduled seven-inning game, the Tritons tied the score when Ryan Langone's RBI single up the middle scored Brett Burton with one out.
Both teams had chances to score in extra innings, but it was UC Davis that capitalized. In the eighth the Aggies loaded the bases with one out but could not push across the winning run. One inning later, Brandon Oliver's infield single loaded the bases with two outs, setting up the winning score. With Kamigawachi at the plate, Leake's first pitch bounced in the dirt and away from catcher Jeff Riddle, allowing Jacobellis to score the winning run.
Travis Bearden started for UC Davis and went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits before giving way to Joel Needham. Needham pitched the final three innings, giving up three hits and one run as his record improved to 2-2 this season. Leake came on in the eighth and went 1.1 innings as he suffered his first loss of the year against five victories. Jose Navarro went the first 7.1 innings for the Tritons, giving up three runs on seven hits.
In the first game, San Diego exploded for three runs in the first, taking advantage of three hits and two balks from Aggie starter Vince DeCoito. UC Davis responded with two runs in the second as David Butterworth hit a towering shot over the leftfield fence while Aaron Hanke doubled home Tyler LaTorre to cut the lead to 3-2.
UC Davis took the lead for good in the fourth as they posted three more runs. With two outs, Triton starter Rafael Bergstrom hit two batters and gave up a single to load the bases. Robby Tulk singled home two runs and Oliver and Tulk then pulled a double steal, with Oliver crossing home for the third run of the frame. The Aggies added another run in the sixth when LaTorre led off with a home run down the rightfield line.
McKae came on with two outs in the fifth and runners on second and third. On his first pitch, McKae got Pinocchio to fly out to center to end the Triton threat. McKae cruised the rest of the way, striking out a season-high five in just over four innings, allowing two hits as his record improves to 2-0. Hanke led the way offensively with three hits in the game, including two doubles.
Bergstrom went 6.0 innings, allowing all six runs on nine hits as his record falls to 4-4.
"Anytime you can sweep a good ball club like UC San Diego it is a good day," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "Both teams had chances late in the second game to win. We got a break with the wild pitch and took advantage of that. In the first game (Dave) McKae was lights out. He was very sharp today.
"We haven't been in a lot of situations like the second game," Peters continued. "They stayed calm, didn't panic and came through with the victory. That was nice to see."
The Aggies will host UC San Diego in final game of the four-game series Sunday at noon at Dobbins Stadium.