May 15, 2003
HAYS, Kan. - Michael Potter retired the first 13 batters he faced and Mark Wells collected four of the Aggies' 16 hits as No.4-seed UC Davis jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held on for a 12-8 victory over top-seeded Sonoma State in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Division II West Region Tournament Thursday at Larks Park.
With the win the Aggies improve to 33-22 on the season and avenge a 17-4 loss to Sonoma just a week ago at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament in Chico.
Following a two hour and 11 minute rain delay, the Aggies jumped out early with two runs in the first. Back-to-back doubles from Robby Tulk and Andrew Reisinger to lead off the game put UC Davis on top. Reisinger then came home on Matt Kamigawachi's RBI groundout. The Aggies pushed three more runs across in the third as Wells doubled to lead off the frame. Kyle Irving singled home Wells and then scored on Reisinger's RBI groundout. Tulk, who reached on an error, came across with the third run of the inning on David Butterworth's single to left.
That was enough for Potter as he limited the Sonoma bats to just three hits through the first seven innings, all singles. He retired the first 13 Seawolves he faced before allowing a one-single in the fifth. Following another hit, Sonoma had runners at second and third, but Potter forced the next two batters into infield pop-ups to get out of the inning.
In the sixth the Aggies added to their lead as Kamigawachi's two-out double scored Wells for the 6-0 lead. In the seventh UC Davis broke the game wide open as it put four more runs on the board. Four consecutive singles to lead off the inning plated the first two runs then with two outs, Reisinger's single and a fielding error by Brandon Burgess in right allowed Tulk to come home with the fourth run and a 10-0 lead. Two more unearned runs in the eighth extended it to a 12-0 lead before the Seawolves could break through with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
In the ninth Sonoma knocked Potter out of the game with three straight singles to open up the inning. Following an out, Nate Durham-Hammer doubled to left field, driving in a run and ending the day for Potter. Jack Boyl came on and quickly got the second out, but Sonoma then strung together four singles, cutting the lead to 12-8 with runners on first and second. Travis Bearden then came out to retire the only batter he faced, picking up his second save of the season.
"We showed up ready to play at 2 o'clock today and I don't think Sonoma did," said Aggie Head Coach Rex Peters. "We have always been a team that plays better when we get a lead and the early runs were big. Potter threw the ball well, keeping (Sonoma) off-balance by using his fastball early in the count.
"Getting the first win in this type of tournament should give our kids some confidence and momentum heading into tomorrow," Peters continued. "There are four good clubs here and nothing is going to come easy."
For the game, Wells led the offensive attack with four hits and three RBIs while Reisinger, Dustin Soderman, Matt Blankenheim and Tyler LaTorre each added a pair of hits. Potter finished with his eighth win of the season, allowing 10 hits and six runs, though most of the damage came with the Aggies holding a double-digit lead. Brad Shannon had three hits for Sonoma to lead a 14-hit attack. Ryan McClelland started and went 8.0 innings, allowing all 16 hits and 12 runs.
UC Davis will now face the winner of the No.2 Fort Hays State-No.3 Western Oregon game that was to be played Thursday evening. The Aggies will play Friday at 3pm.
UC DAVIS BASEBALL
No.4 UC Davis 200 301 420 - 12 16 0
No.1 Sonoma State 000 000 026 - 8 14 6
WP - Michael Potter (8-4). LP - Ryan McClelland (7-2). Save - Travis Bearden (2). UC Davis: Michael Potter, Jack Boyl (9), Travis Bearden (9) and Andrew Reisinger. SSU: Ryan McClelland, Nick Wilcox (9) and Dennis Peters, Darrell Jacks (7).
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Mark Wells, 4-5, 2B, 2 Runs, 3 RBI; Andrew Reisinger, 2-6, 2B, 2 RBI; Dustin Soderman, 2-5; Matt Blankenheim, 2-5, 2 Runs; Tyler LaTorre, 2-5; Kyle Irving, 1-3, 2RBI; Robby Tulk, 1-4, 2B, 3 Runs; Matt Kamigawachi, 1-6, 2B, 2 RBI; David Butterworth, 1-4, RBI. SSU: Brad Shannon, 3-5, 2B, RBI; Darrell Jacks, 2-2, 2B, 2 Runs, RBI; Nate Durham-Hammer, 2-4, RBI; Effren Trejo, 2-5; Keian Davis, 1-3, RBI; Brian Stream, 1-4, 2 RBI; Tom Everidge, 1-5, RBI; Brandon Burgess, 1-4, 2 Runs; Gil Barry, 1-4, RBI.