April 30, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Michael Potter threw his third complete game of the season and Robby Tulk smashed his team-leading 10th home run as UC Davis defeated Cal State L.A. 5-2 in the first of a four-game California Collegiate Athletic Association series Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 34-15-1 on the season, 29-7-1 in CCAA play. CSLA falls to 24-21-1 overall, 17-19-1 in conference action.
Potter was masterful as he kept the Golden Eagle hitters at bay all afternoon. Four times he retired the side in order and at one point retired eight straight hitters. The complete-game win came without a walk as he allowed just six hits while striking out three in a tidy two hours, six minutes.
Potter received all the help he needed early in the game. Michael Jacobellis plated the first run in the second on a fielder's choice RBI, scoring Matt Blankenheim. In the third, Tulk led off with his 10th home run of the season, a deep blast over the right field fence for the 2-1 lead. Oliver and Matt Kamigawachi followed with singles and one out later, Blankenheim drilled a laser over Matt Beard's head in left field, bringing in two runs with his 10th double of the year. Andrew Reisinger closed out the scoring for UC Davis with an RBI single that scored Blankenheim, pushing the Aggies lead to 5-1.
The Golden Eagles scored a run in the third when Rafael Arroyo's two-out, RBI single scored Mike Miller from second. CSLA added another run in the ninth as Das Jesson connected for a two-out, RBI double to left center, scoring Jeff Carroll to make the final score 5-2.
"Michael had good tempo on the mound, got ahead in the count and made good pitches on both sides of the plate," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "This is exactly the type of game we have been preaching to the players: throw strikes, play good defense and get some timely hitting."
For the game Oliver finished with three hits to lead a nine-hit Aggie attack. Blankenheim added two hits along with two runs and two RBI to support Potter's effort.
Arroyo led CSLA with a pair of hits as the Golden Eagles managed just six on the day. Cody Wilkinson saw his record fall to 5-5 on the season as he went the distance, allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out four.
These same two teams will play a Saturday doubleheader at Dobbins Stadium beginning at noon.