May 7, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Daniel's Descalso's three-run triple in the fifth capped a four-run inning and propelled UC Davis to a 5-2 victory over UC Riverside in a nonconference baseball game Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggie take the first two games of the series and improve to 23--22. UC Riverside drops its third straight and falls to 21-23.
The Aggies opened the scoring as Descalso came home of a passed ball with two outs in the bottom of the first. The Highlanders took the lead in the third with a pair of unearned runs after a one-out error by the Aggies. With the outs and a runner on second, Brett Bigler lined a shot off first baseman Lukas Kirby's glove, scoring Kyle Barratt. Following a walk to Aaron Grant, Nick Salotti drilled a single through the left side to score Bigler.
UC Davis then erupted for the four-run fifth to put the game away. The first three batters reached base in the inning, the last when Ryan Royster's sacrifice bunt was misplayed by Highlander starter Taylor Bills, loading the bases with no outs. With the squeeze play on, Brandon Oliver placed a perfect bunt between third and the pitcher for an infield hit, tying the game at 2-2. Descalso then tripled down the left field line, clearing the bases and giving starting pitcher Michael Potter some breathing room.
Potter was solid as he worked five innings, allowing four hits and both unearned runs as he picked up his fourth win of the season. After a leadoff walk in the sixth, Eddie Gamboa came on in relief and went the next 2 2/3 innings, allowing two hits while striking out one. Justin Fitzgerald relieved Gamboa in the eighth with two outs and the bases loaded, striking out Louie Hernandez to end the Riverside threat.
"I thought we did a good job on the mound today," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "You can't ask for much more than to hold a team to two runs, both of which were unearned. We got the big hit from Descalso and came away with the win."
Offensively, Descalso finished with a pair of hits on the afternoon to lead the Aggies' eight-hit attack. UC Riverside had six hits on the day, with Andrew Clay the only Highlander with two.
Bills started and saw his record fall to 5-7 after going 6 2/3 innings, allowing all five runs, three earned, while Marc Rzepczynski pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of no-hit ball.
These same two teams conclude the series Sunday at Dobbins Stadium with a 1 p.m. start.