April 20, 2003
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Aggies pounded out a season-high 22 hits and Julio Marquez worked seven strong innings to earn his sixth victory of the season as UC Davis took a 12-5 decision over UC San Diego in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game at Triton Field Sunday afternoon, earning the visiting Aggies a sweep of the four-game weekend series.
With the win the Aggies improve to 26-16 on the season, 20-11 in CCAA play while UC San Diego falls to 24-23, 18-16 in conference action.
The 22 hits were the most for the Aggies since a March 24, 2002, victory over Concordia (ore.). The game also featured a triple play turned by each team.
Triton starter Justin Suarez got in trouble early, putting runners on first and second to open the first inning. Suarez got Aggie third baseman Matt Kamigawachi to line into a triple play, with first baseman Keith Albrecht catching the ball and throwing to sophomore shortstop Keith Hernandez for the putouts, to momentarily end the Aggie threat.
The Aggies then got on the board with two runs in the second inning, and went on to score at least once in each of the next four frames, to effectively put the game out of reach. It was UC Davis' turn to pull off a rare triple play in the third inning. With one run already in and the bases loaded with nobody out, Hernandez flied out to right field, and freshmen teammates Chris Brannan and Damian Fante were each put down trying to advance on the basepaths.
Junior centerfielder Robby Tulk led the Aggie hit parade with four in six at-bats, including an RBI triple. Kamigawachi, catcher Andrew Reisinger, rightfielder Dustin Soderman and second baseman Mark Wells finished with three hits apiece while first baseman David Butterworth and leftfielder Matt Blankenheim each added a pair. Wells and Soderman drove in four and three runs on the day, respectively, with DH Ross Warner scoring three times and Kamigawachi and Reisinger crossing the plate twice each.
Marquez went seven innings on the mound for the visitors, allowing seven hits, three runs, all earned, and three walks. Marquez struck out three and improved his record to 6-1.
For UCSD, third baseman Alex Gascon went two-for-three with two RBI. His solo shot in the seventh inning was the first of his Triton career. Second baseman Nigel Miller added two hits. DH Aaron Detty had a two-run double in the ninth to bring home Gascon and Matt Merrifield, who both scored twice on the day. Suarez took the loss, falling to 0-3.
The Aggies will next be in action on Wednesday when they travel to Moraga to face Saint Mary's in a non-conference contest. Gametime is set for 3pm.
UC Davis (26-16, 20-11 CCAA) 021 222 030 - 12 22 0
UC San Diego (24-23, 18-16 CCAA) 001 100 102 - 5 9 2
WP - Julio Marquez (6-1). LP - Justin Suarez (0-3). UC Davis: Julio Marquez, Travis Bearden (8) and Andrew Reisinger, Josh Behrens (8). UC San Diego: Justin Suarez, Tyler Smith (5), Alex Cremedian (7), Andrew Holloway (8) and Brian Serocke, Matt Kennison (5).
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Robby Tulk, 4-6, 3B, RBI; Mark Wells, 3-4, 4 RBI; Dustin Soderman, 3-5, 3 RBI; Andrew Reisinger, 3-5, RBI 2 Runs; Matt Kamigawachi, 3-5, 2 Runs; David Butterworth, 2-6, 2B, 2 RBI; Matt Blankenheim, 2-4, 2B, RBI; Ross Warner, 1-2, 3 Runs; Kyle Irving, 1-1. UC San Diego: Nigel Miller 2-4, Run; Alex Gascon, 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; Aaron Detty, 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Matt Merrifield, 1-2, 2B, 2 Runs; Chris Brannan, 1-1; Damian Fante, 1-4; Keith Hernandez, 1-5.