April 8, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Lukas Kirby's two-run home run in the bottom of the first was more than enough for starter Dave McKae, who registered his first shutout of the season, as UC Davis opened a three-game series against UC Santa Barbara with a 3-0 victory in a nonconference baseball game Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 17-12 on the season. The Gauchos fall to 16-15.
Kirby put the Aggies on top in the first when he took Gaucho starter Michael Martin deep over the right field wall for a 2-0 lead. Kirby's two-run shot, which scored Dan Baldini, was his second of the season and just the fourth by an Aggie all year. The Aggies added an unearned run in the fourth as three Gaucho errors led to the score.
McKae was masterful all afternoon. He scattered just two hits while striking out a career-best 12 hitters in a game that was played in under two hours. Over his last two starts McKae has now worked 17 scoreless innings, including an 8-inning, no-run performance last Friday at Sacramento State. The victory also marked the first complete-game shutout by an Aggie pitcher this season.
"That was an outstanding performance (by McKae)," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "It's not often you get only five hits and come away with the victory. All the credit for that goes to the guy on the hill."
Offensively, Kirby was the hero, driving in two runs while Baldini finished a pair of hits. UC Davis only managed five hits in the game off Martin, who went the distance for the Gauchos. The Gaucho junior was equally impressive, surrendering just five hits while striking out six without a walk. He allowed three runs, two earned, in going the distance for the first time this season.
These same two teams continue the series on Saturday with a game at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.