May 6, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore right-hander Bryan Evans threw his second complete game of the week for the Aggies, and Jacob Jefferies and Michael Jacobellis each had multiple hits and one RBI to lead UC Davis to a series sweep of future Big West rival Cal State Northridge with a 5-1 victory at Dobbins Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
This marks the first sweep of the season for the Aggies as they are now riding a season-high four game winning streak while improving their overall record to 19-25 on the season. The Matadors fall to 14-32 and fail to win the 1,400 game in program history for the fourth straight game.
"To get a sweep of any series is sweet," said Aggie coach Rex Peters. "To sweep a Big West opponent is just icing on the cake. Right now we're playing with a lot of confidence and hopefully we can use this next weekend against Cal Poly. "
Evans, who also pitched a complete game against Nevada on Tuesday, earned his fourth straight victory and now leads the team with five total wins on the season. Overall, he struck out seven batters and didn't allow an earned run while scattering seven hits.
"Evans has been pitching real well over the past few weeks and we thought we needed to get him back into the weekend lineup," said Peters. "We didn't plan on him throwing another complete game, but if he feels he can keep going out there each inning to pitch then we'll let him. I think the fact that he's developed a third pitch gives him more confidence."
Matt Dempsey's single in the first inning improved his hitting streak to 14 games, which is the best for an Aggie hitter this season. Kevin James had the other Aggie RBI off a single in the third inning.
The Matadors scored their only run in the first inning as Jowin-James Murray-Thornton drove home Richard Cates off an fielder's choice to the second baseman. The run was unearned because the runner had reached base on an error by the second baseman.
UC Davis took the lead in the second inning behind a two-base throwing error on the Matador catcher and an RBI single from Jefferies. They added two more runs in the next inning off another error and an RBI single from James.
Neither team scored for the next four innings until the Aggies struck again off an RBI single from Jacobellis to make the final score 5-1.
The Aggies return home to Dobbins Stadium on Tuesday to host cross-town rivals Sacramento State in a make-up game at 2:00 p.m. Then they travel down to San Louis Obispo to play a three-game series with Cal Poly.