April 21, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Matt Dempsey went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored and Brad McAtee pitched eight solid innings in which he scattered seven hits and allowed only two runs as UC Davis defeated No. 25 Long Beach State, 6-4, at Blair Field to even the series at one game apiece.
The Aggies earned their first victory over the Dirtbags since reclassifying to NCAA Division I in 2003-04 and now stand 13-22 overall this season. Long Beach State is now 22-14 overall.
Dempsey led the Aggies offensively for the second straight game as he has now recorded five hits and five RBIs in the first two games of the series. Two of Dempsey's RBIs came in the second inning as he drove the first pitch he saw over the right field wall to score Brandon Oliver and help the Aggies to a four-run inning.
Kyle Mihaylo began the second with his second home run of the season, which was a solo shot over the center field wall.
McAtee pitched another solid game for UC Davis as he lasted eight innings and scattered seven hits while allowing only two runs and striking out six.
Oliver, Kevin James and Daniel Descalso all had multiple hits in the game for the Aggies. Oliver and Ryan Royster accounted for the other Aggie RBIs.
Descalso now has at least one hit in 22 of his last 23 games, which includes 10 straight.
Chris Nelson and Matt Cline each had two hits for Long Beach State while four different Dirtbags had RBIs in the loss.
Starter Manny McElroy lasted only 1-2/3 innings as he gave up four runs off six hits in the second inning and gave way to Andrew Liebel, who pitched the remaining 7-1/3 innings and allowed only one earned run.
After the four-run second inning, both teams failed to score until the fifth inning when the Aggies added another run as Aaron Hanke scored on an error by the second baseman.
Long Beach State scored two runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning off RBI singles from Kyle Morgan and Robert Perry to cut into the Aggie lead.
An RBI single from Dempsey in the eighth inning would push the Aggie lead to 6-2 heading into the ninth inning.
The Dirtbags scored two more runs in the ninth inning on RBI singles from Steven Tinco and Matt Cline, but couldn't manage anymore runs as Eddie Gamboa struck out the final Long Beach batter to secure the Aggie victory.
UC Davis and Long Beach State conclude the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Blair Field with the winner taking the overall series victory.