April 9, 2004
CARSON, Calif. - UC Davis belted four home runs in the nightcap and Aggie started Vince DeCoito picked up his seventh win of the season as UC Davis defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills 16-9 a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader Friday afternoon at Toro Field. The Aggies captured the first game of the day 8-2 behind Matt Blankenheim's three hits.
With the sweep, UC Davis improves to 28-8 on the season, 23-3 in CCAA play. The Aggies also stretch their conference-winning streak to 18 games. CSUDH falls to 10-40 overall, 5-25 in conference action.
Potter and CSUDH game one starter Ryan Owen engaged in a pitching duel, as each pitcher limited the opposing teams to one run each over the first five innings. The Aggies put together two hits in the top of the sixth inning, benefiting from a costly Toro error which allowed Blankenheim and Matt Kamigawachi to cross the plate and give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.
The Toros responded in the bottom half of the seventh as a Joey Caira's double to left center brought home Fred Medina, to cut the lead to 3-2.
UC Davis, however, answered in the top of the ninth, exploding for five runs and putting the game away as they strung together four hits and again capitalized on a costly Toro error. With two outs and only one run in, the Aggies put together three straight hits, the big blow coming on a two-run double by Aaron Hanke. Aggie reliever Dave McKae did the rest, hurling 2.2 innings and shutting down the Toros to earn his fourth save of the season.
Potter hurled 6.1 innings, scattering seven hits to improve to 6-0 on the season. Owen took the hard-luck loss, throwing 8.2 innings, allowing 11 hits and only one earned run, falling to 3-7 on the season.
Matt Blankenheim led UC Davis' 12-hit attack with three hits, including the first home run of his Aggie career. Kamigawachi and Hanke each added a pair of hits in the contest. Jason Flores and Corso led the Toros with three hits apiece.
The Aggie momentum carried over to game two as they scored five runs on one hit in their first at-bats, using a Hanke grand slam to cash in on four walks issued by Toro starter Raul Claros. CSUDH would score four in its first inning at-bat as the first four Toro batters reached base in the first frame, with the final two runs coming on a two-out two-run double from Fernando Hernandez.
Davis' bats remained hot as they scored 11 runs over the final five innings to break the game open. CSUDH answered with two runs in each of the final two innings, but it wasn't enough as the Aggies' game-two starter, Vince DeCoito, hurled a complete-game, nine-hit victory, improving to 7-1 on the year.
For the Aggies, Andrew Reisinger and Hanke each tallied three hits, with Hanke leading the charge with six RBI. Reisinger and Kamigawachi also went yard for UC Davis as the Aggies belted four home runs on the afternoon.
Claros lasted 3.0 innings, allowing seven earned runs on five hits to take the loss. Caira swung the hot bat for the Toros, banging four hits in four at-bats, scoring three runs and driving in two RBI. Zac Cort added his fourth home run of the year, a two-run blast in the sixth inning, while scoring two runs in the game.
These same two teams with play another doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is set for noon.