April 4, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis strung together five hits in a four-run seventh inning to break a 3-3 score then held on down the stretch to defeat UC San Diego, 7-3, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies sweep the four-game series from the Tritons and improve to 26-7 on the season, 21-3 in CCAA play. They have won their last 16 conference games, the longest streak in the CCAA this season. UC San Diego falls to 25-16 overall, 15-13 in conference action.
After leaving the bases loaded in the second, the Tritons got on the board first with a two-run third inning. Jeff Riddle and David Morehead each had RBI singles in the frame to give UCSD the early lead. The Aggies responded in their half of the inning, tying the game as Brandon Oliver led off with a double and came home on Kyle Irving's triple. The next batter, Robby Tulk, then singled to center to score Irving.
UC Davis added a run in the fourth when Andrew Reisinger's RBI single to center scored Lukas Kirby for the 3-2 lead. In the fifth it was the Tritons turn to tie the game. A leadoff walk to Keith Hernandez came back to haunt the Aggies as Hernandez scored on a double play, evening the score at 3-3.
In the seventh, Irving led off with a single to left and was sacrificed to second by Tulk. Consecutive singles from Michael Jacobellis, Matt Kamigawachi and Kirby pushed across two runs while Tyler LaTorre's single through the left side scored Kirby with the final run of the inning. In all the Aggies banged out five hits in the inning to close out the scoring.
UC San Diego put runners on second and third in the ninth but did not push any runs across as Nik Aurora struck out Keith Albrecht to end the game.
Paul Gonzales started for the Aggies and went 5.1 innings, giving up nine hits and three runs. Aurora came on in the sixth with two outs and went the final 3.1 innings, surrendering just two hits and no runs as his record improves to 3-0 this season. Offensively, UC Davis pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon, two each by Kirby, Reisinger, Oliver and Irving.
Logan Boutilier went the first 6.1 innings for the Tritons, surrendering nine hits and five runs as his record falls to 4-2 overall. Shlomo Lipetz pitched the final 1.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits. Morehead had three of the Tritons' 11 hits on the afternoon, while Riddle added two.
"I think this was an especially satisfying weekend," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "San Diego came in playing good ball, winning 12 of their last 15 and being ranked No.10 in the nation. To sweep them was very tough to do. We kept plugging away, stung some hits together and had a big inning at the end."
UC Davis will next be in action this Tuesday when it faces the University of San Francisco in San Francisco. Gametime is set for 2:30 p.m.