May 1, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Dave McKae threw his third straight complete game and Michael Jacobellis provided the offense with a three-run home run as UC Davis defeated Cal State L.A. 6-1 in sweeping a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. The Aggies used a five-run seventh inning for a come-from-behind, 8-7, victory in the day's first game.
With the wins the Aggies improve to 36-15-1 on the season, 31-7-1 in CCAA play. CSLA falls to 24-23-1 overall, 17-21-1 in conference action.
In the opener, Cal State L.A. opened up the scoring in the first three batters reached base with Mateo Marquez's two-run double the big blast of the inning. The Aggies got two back in their half of the third on an RBI double from Matt Kamigawachi that scored Jacobellis. When Golden Eagle centerfielder Mike Miller bobbled the ball and that allowed Robby Tulk to score all the way from first on the play.
UC Davis tied the game in the fourth on Andrew Reisinger's RBI groundout to short, scoring Aaron Hanke. CSLA scored single runs in the fifth and seventh to take a 5-3 lead. Miller scored the first on a solo shot over the left field fence, his 12th home run of the season.
The Aggies broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh with a five-run inning. Tulk started it off with his 11th home run of the season, a solo shot deep over the right field fence. With one out, Kamigawachi and Lukas Kirby put together back-to-back singles before Matt Blankenheim's' double off the left field fence scored Kamigawachi. Kirby and Blankenheim then scored on a two-base error by third baseman Jeff Carroll on a ball hit by Josh Behrens. Reisinger closed out the inning with an RBI single that scored Behrens.
CSLA's Matt Winkelman cut the lead to 8-7 in the eighth with a two-out, two-run triple that scored Das Jesson and Tim Wilkerson.
Joel Needham came on in the ninth to preserve the win for his seventh save of the season.
Eric Biddlecome started for CSLA and went 6.1 innings, allowing seven runs as his record falls to 5-3. Miller finished the game with four hits to lead the Golden Eagles.
In the nightcap, CSLA jumped to a 1-0 lead when Arroyo lined a one-out home run over the left field fence in the top of the first. The Aggies then erupted for four runs in the second on an RBI double from Tyler LaTorre and a three-run home run from Jacobellis, his first of the season.
UC Davis added single runs in the third and fourth thanks to a LaTorre RBI single and Kamigawachi's RBI double that plated Tulk. CSLA's Joseph Royster connected for a one-out, RBI double to close out the scoring.
McKae went the distance, scattering four hits while allowing both runs and striking out five. LaTorre and Kamigawachi each had a pair of hits to lead UC Davis.
"When you throw strikes you limit baserunners and make your opponent earn everything they get," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "That's what we did today. We threw strikes, came up with a couple big innings and came away with two wins. Now we'll look to get a win on Senior Day and end the season on a positive note."
Schneider took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits as his record falls to 2-7.
These same two teams will conclude their four-game series with a single game on Sunday beginning at noon at Dobbins Stadium. Prior to the game seven Aggie seniors will be recognized as they play their final game at UC Davis. Ceremonies will take place at 11:45 a.m.