April 9, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Lukas Kirby hit a pair of two-run home runs and three Aggie pitchers combined for a second straight shutout as UC Davis posted a 9-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara in a nonconference baseball game Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 18-12 on the season while capturing the first two games of the series. UC Santa Barbara sees its season record fall to 16-16.
In similar fashion to Friday's victory when Kirby's two-run homer in the first gave UC Davis a lead it didn't surrender, Kirby struck again in the first, blasting his third home run of the season off Gauchos starter Andy Graham. Kirby's opposite-field homer in the first scored Dan Baldini and staked the Aggies to a 2-0 lead. In the third Kirby connected for his fourth round-tripper of the year, another two-run shot, and again over the left field fence as UC Davis increased its lead to 5-0. Kirby now leads the team with four home runs on the season and it the first Aggie to have a multi-homer game this year.
The Aggies were not finished with the long ball as freshman David Huffman had the first home run of his Aggie career, a solo shot to left with one out in the fourth. Tyler LaTorre capped the power display with his second home run of the season as he connected for an opposite field shot in the seventh.
That was more than enough offense for the Aggie pitching staff as Vince DeCoito, Peter Soskin and Jeremy McChesney combined for the second Aggie shutout in as many games against the Gauchos. DeCoito worked the first inning and had a 2-2 count on Matt Aidem leading off the second before he left the game due to injury. Soskin came on, and with an abbreviated warm-up, had the outing of his career. He worked seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits, while walking none and striking out a career-best eight. McChesney came in to work the ninth, preserving the shutout after the first two Gauchos reached base.
"That was a tough spot for Pete to come in to and he threw well, very well," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "It all starts on the mound and Peter did a great job. We played well defensively, got some pitches to hit, and swung the bats well."
For the game the Aggies pounded out 14 hits, three from Baldini and two each from Kirby, Huffman, LaTorre, Kevin James and Brandon Oliver. UCSB managed seven hits on the afternoon, with Alden Carrithers the only player with two. Graham worked 4.1 innings for the Gauchos, scattering 10 hits and seven runs while striking out six. Nate Holguin went the rest of the way, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three.
These same two teams conclude the three-game series on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.