Dave McKae Throws First Aggie Shutout Of Season In Split With Cal St. San Bernardino

April 17, 2004

Game 1 - CSUSB 11, UC Davis 9 (Box Score)
Game 2 - UC Davis 2, CSUSB 0 (Box Score)

DAVIS, Calif. - In his first start of the season Dave McKae threw the first Aggie shutout of the season as UC Davis managed to split a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader with Cal State San Bernardino by taking the nightcap 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. In the day's first game, the Coyotes used a six-run fifth inning to capture an 11-9 victory.

With the split the Aggies end a three-game skid and improve to 31-11 overall, 26-5 in conference play. CSUSB goes to 27-19 overall, 20-11 in CCAA play.

In the second game, Matt Blankenheim gave McKae all the support he needed with an infield single that pushed across Tyler LaTorre in the bottom of the second. LaTorre led off the inning with his first triple of the season to the gap in right center. McKae did the rest as he went all seven innings, allowing just three singles while striking out six, as his record improves to 4-0 this season.

The Aggies added an insurance run in the fifth when LaTorre scored on a double play for the final margin of victory. LaTorre and Blankenheim each went 2-for-2 in the game while Matt Kamigawachi collected the other Aggie hit in the contest.

Coyote starter Joe Stemmler also went the distance, surrendering just five hits and two runs as his record falls to 3-3 this year.

In Saturday's first game, Chris McAllen put the Coyotes ahead in the first inning when he lined an 0-2 pitch to the alley in left center for a two-run triple. UC Davis answered with a run of its own in the first when Kamigawachi singled home Robby Tulk, who led off the inning with a walk.

CSUSB added two more in the second when Daron Roberts tripled to right center, pushing the lead to 4-1. In the bottom of the second the scoring continued as Tulk drove in the first run with an RBI single and Michael Jacobellis's RBI groundout then scored Andrew Reisinger. The Aggie took their first lead of the game in the third on an Aaron Hanke RBI single and LaTorre's two-run double to left.

After a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single in the fourth, Nik Aurora came on to relieve Aggie starter Vince DeCoito. Aurora came in with no outs and the bases still loaded and retired the next two batters. Dorian Dixon then drew a two-out walk to force in another run before Marcos Ramos cleared the bases with a double to the gap in left center. In all the Coyotes scored six runs in the inning.

The Aggies got two runs back in the fifth on a two-run double by Tulk and added one more in the seventh when Jacobellis' bunt single scored Reisinger. In the ninth the Aggies put runners on second and third, but could not push across the tying runs as Darren Koshko struck out Tulk to end the game.

DeCoito went three innings is suffering his second loss of the season against seven wins. He allowed nine runs on five hits. Offensively, Reisinger led the way with three hits while Tulk and Hanke each added two. For the Coyotes Enoc Jorrin went 5.1 innings to get the win, allowing eight runs on 10 hits and striking out six. Roberts and McAllen each had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Coyote attack.

"There are always times in a season where you just have to battle to keep your head above water and that's what's happening this weekend," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "It's a long season and things don't always go your way. You just have keep fighting and get through them.

"I thought Dave gave us a great start today," Peters continued. "He didn't have his best command, but to throw a shutout and allow only three hits is a great effort."

These same two teams will conclude their four-game series with a single game on Sunday beginning at noon at Dobbins Stadium.