April 10, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Brandon Oliver's RBI double in the fifth inning sparked a three-run rally while Aggie starter Michael Potter worked 5 1/3 innings for his third win of the season as UC Davis completed a three-game sweep over UC Santa Barbara with a 6-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win UC Davis improves to 19-12 while the Gauchos fall to 16-17.
The Aggies jumped on top in the third when Oliver's sacrifice bunt scored Ryan Royster, who led off the inning with a triple to right. UC Santa Barbara finally broke into the scoring column in the top of the fifth when David Harrit drilled a long home run over the left field fence, tying the score at 1-1. The run broke a scoreless drought of 22 1/3 innings in the series for the Gauchos.
UC Davis answered in the bottom of the fifth with three runs as Oliver had an RBI double while Dan Baldini and Daniel Descalso each added RBI singles. UCSB threaten to score in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out before Eddie Gamboa replaced Potter on the mound. Gamboa's first pitch to Bill Rowe was flied to right, where Baldini made the catch then threw a perfect strike to Tyler LaTorre behind the plate to get Matt Kalafatis trying to score from third.
That was as close as UC Santa Barbara came as Gamboa allowed just one hit in 3 2/3 innings to earn his first save of the season.
The Aggies tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth courtesy of a Kevin James RBI single and a Royster sacrifice fly that scored James.
"We played well in all phases of the game," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "We did an outstanding job. I don't think you can play any better than we have the last 72 hours."
Potter worked the first 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out a season-high eight. The performance from the pitching staff was a continuation of the entire series as Aggie pitchers allowed just one run over three games and held the Gauchos to a combined .152 batting average.
UC Davis pounded out 11 hits on the afternoon, two each from LaTorre, James and Grant Hirneise, while Oliver finished the day with two RBIs. UC Davis is next in action on Friday when it begins a three-game series against Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.