April 13, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Joe Gevas' one-out double in the top of the seventh inning was all that stood between Trevor Thornton and his first no-hitter as the Aggie right-hander faced just two batters over the minimum with a seven-inning, one-hit performance in UC Davis' 5-0 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills in the nightcap of a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. In the first game, the Toros pounded out 10 hits in defeating the Aggies, 9-3.
With the split the Aggies move to 22-15 on the season, 16-11 in CCAA play while the Toros go to 21-23 overall, 15-20 in conference action.
In the nightcap it was all Thornton as the senior methodically retired the Toro batters, throwing first-pitch strikes and getting batters to hit the ball on the ground. He retired the first nine batters he faced, six on ground balls, and had faced just one over the minimum heading into the seventh. After his second strikeout of the game, Thornton threw a 1-0 pitch that Gevas hit down the rightfield line for the Toros only hit of the game. Thornton retired the next two batters for the one-hitter, the first by an Aggie since Ryan Conners-Copeland accomplished the feat in 1996 against Chico State.
Thornton got all the help he would need early as the Aggies struck for two runs in the bottom of the first. Robby Tulk led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Matt Kamigawachi single to right. Ryan Coultas provided the second run when he scored on a Ross Warner fielder's choice. UC Davis added three more in the third off a two-run single from Andrew Reisinger and an RBI groundout off the bat of Mark Wells.
"It was a great effort by Trevor today," said Aggie Head Coach Rex Peters. "He was getting ahead of hitters, getting them to hit ground balls. The way he was throwing I thought he was going to get (the no-hitter).
"In the first game we just didn't show up," Peters continued. "I don't think the players expected to play today with the weather and it took us half the day to wake up. It would have been nice to get three wins this weekend, but getting two keeps us on pace in the conference race."
In the opener Dominguez exploded for six runs in the top of the third to jump to a 6-0 lead. The Toros pounded out six hits in the inning, including back-to-back, two-run doubles from Tony Marquez and Zach Cort. The score would remain that way until the eighth as both pitchers settled into a groove.
Toro starter Aldo Silva kept the Aggies at bay for most of the afternoon as he scattered eight hits in his 7.1 innings of work. He allowed just five hits through his first seven innings before running into trouble in the eighth. Coultas got things going with a one-hit single, his third hit of the game. Kamigawachi and David Butterworth then connected for back-to-back doubles, the latter scoring two runs. Three batters later Dustin Soderman lined a single to right, scoring Butterworth to cut the lead in half at 6-3.
The deficit would grow back to six in the top of the ninth as the first three Toros reached base and scored thanks to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Eric Pringle and a throwing error by UC Davis. Pinch-hitter Mike Roux singled in the final run for the 9-3 lead.
Potter went 8.0 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits while striking out six as his record falls to 5-3. Coultas went 3-for-4 in the game while Butterworth accounted for two RBIs with his double.
Silva went 7.1 innings, allowing all three runs on eight hits, striking out five as his record improved to 3-6. Cort and Salazar each had a pair of hits for Dominguez Hills to lead a 10-hit attack.
UC Davis will next be in action on Tuesday when it faces Nevada in a non-conference game in Reno.