May 8, 2003
CHICO, Calif. - Starter Dave McKae stymied the Chico batters for eight innings and the Aggies offense gave his plenty of support with an 18-hit attack as No.2 UC Davis defeated No.3 Chico State, 14-1, in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Championship Tournament Thursday evening in a very cold Nettleton Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 32-20 on the season and move into the winners bracket on Friday where they will face No.1 Sonoma. Chico State falls to 34-17 on the year and will face No.4 Cal State Stanislaus Friday morning.
The Aggies jumped out early, scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the first. With two outs and the bases loaded, Chico State shortstop Scott Thomson's throw short-hopped John Moylan at first, allowing Robby Tulk to score. The lead grew to 3-0 in the third as Ryan Coultas led off with a triple down the right field line. After a one-out walk to Matt Kamigawachi, Wildcat starter Ivan Hernandez threw back-to-back wild pitches, allowing both runner to score.
In the fourth then Aggies tacked on two more as Kyle Irving scored on Tulk's RBI double to left and then Tulk came home on a Kamigawachi single to right. In the fifth the Aggies blew the game wide open as they put five more runs on the board. Andrew Reisinger came up with the big blow as his two-out, two-run double to deep left capped the inning. In the frame UC Davis capitalized on two Wildcat errors, two walks and four base hits. The Aggies added another run in the seventh as Tulk led off with a double to right and scored on a groundout by Kamigawachi.
Chico finally got on the board in the top of the eight as Steve Newson smashed a single past Kamigawachi at third, scoring Scott Thomson.
UC Davis closed out the scoring in the eighth as it pasted three more runs on the board. Four straight hits and five in the inning, including RBI singles from Mark Wells, Kyle Irving and pinch-hitter Ross Warner, did the damage.
"We had a good game plan coming in against Hernandez and the kids executed it flawlessly," said Aggie Head Coach Rex Peters. "We made him throw a lot of pitches early and then created scoring opportunities by getting big hits with runners on base.
"McKae got into his rhythm early of throwing strikes and getting them to hit ground balls," Peter continued. "That's what he is capable of doing."
Offensively, UC Davis received four hits from Irving and three each from Tulk and Reisinger. The 18 hits marked the third-highest output of the season while the 14 runs was the second biggest total of the season.
McKae went eight strong innings to get the win and see his record improve to 5-4. He scattered six hits and one run while striking out seven against no walks. Jack Boyl pitched the ninth, allowing one hit while striking out one.
Hernandez lasted just 3.1 innings for Chico as his record falls to 7-3. He allowed five runs on six hits, walking four. In all four Chico pitchers surrendered 18 hits and nine walks in the game. Newson and Ryan Adams each had a pair of hits for the Wildcats, who fall to 1-5 in the CCAA Tournament over the last three years.
UC DAVIS BASEBALL
NO. 3 Chico State 000 000 000 - 1 7 3
No. 2 UC Davis 102 250 13x - 14 18 3
WP - Dave McKae (5-4). LP - Ivan Hernandez (7-3). UC Davis: Dave McKae, Jack Boyl (9) and Andrew Reisinger. CSUC: Ivan Hernandez, Nic Amanno (4), Clint Patton (6), Matt Gaylord (8) and Ryan Adams.
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Kyle Irving, 4-5, 2 Runs, 2 RBI; Robby Tulk, 3-5, 2 2B, 3 Runs, RBI; Andrew Reisinger, 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Matt Kamigawachi, 2-5, 2 RBI; Mark Wells, 2-5, 2 Runs, RBI; Ryan Coultas, 1-3, 3B, 2 Runs; Ross Warner, 1-1, RBI; David Butterworth, 1-3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI; Tyler LaTorre, 1-5. CSUC: Steve Newson, 2-4, RBI; Ryan Adams, 2-3, 2B; Scott Thomson, 1-3, Run; Tyrell Dokken, 1-1; Chris Mendonsa, 1-4.