May 16, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jeff Reekers pitched 6-2/3 innings and allowed only one run, Aaron Hanke drilled a two-run homer in the seventh inning, Kyle Mihaylo added a solo shot in the second and the Aggies tallied 10 runs off 16 hits to defeat Sacramento State, 10-1, at Hornet Field on Wednesday afternoon in the final Causeway Cup baseball game of the season.
The win gives the Aggies a 4-1 record against the Hornets this season and snaps a three-game losing skid as they improve to 21-28 overall. Sacramento State has now lost two straight games as they fall to 17-36 on the season.
Hanke finished the day with three hits in five at-bats to go along with a game-high three RBIs and three runs scored. Mihaylo was also 3-for-5 from the plate with three RBIs while also scoring a run.
Ryan Royster and Daniel Descalso both doubled in the game and rounded out a group of four Aggies with three hits. Descalso continues his pursuit of school records as he is still batting over .400 while sitting just three doubles and 12 hits shy of current single season marks.
"We just match up really well with them," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters on the Aggies' successes against Sac State this season. "Today we were able to swing the bats well and really turned it up from the fifth inning on."
Reekers, who had a complete-game victory last Tuesday against the Hornets, pitched 6-2/3 innings and allowed only one run off five hits while striking out four batters. Reekers now leads UC Davis with six victories this season and improves to a perfect 3-0 against Sac State.
"(Reekers) is just a good match up against (the Hornets) because they're a very aggressive hitting team and he can take advantage of that with his off-speed pitches."
For the Hornets, Jeff Hannah had the lone RBI in the second inning while Ryan Blair was the only player with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4.
Sac State opened the second inning with a single from Jacobo, who then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hannah drove Jacobo home later on in the inning to give the Hornets their only lead. With only one out and a runner on base, Reekers struck out the next batter and induced the next into a ground out to end the inning.
Mihaylo led off the third inning with a solo shot that cleared the wall in left field to tie the game at 1-1.
UC Davis put up a four-run fifth inning to jump out to a commanding 5-1 lead. Michael Hernandez started the inning for the Aggies with a leadoff single and was advanced to second on off a single from Royster in the next at-bat. Hudson drove Hernandez home the very next at-bat off a ground out to the second baseman to give the Aggies the lead, 2-1. Hanke singled home another run as Oliver scored by sliding under the tag at home plate. Descalso scored on an error by the Hornet catcher who dropped the ball after tagging him out. Hudson singled home Hanke one pitch later to cap the four-run inning.
The Hornets loaded the bases in the bottom half of the fifth inning after their leadoff batter popped out, but Reekers got the next two batters to ground out and line out to Descalso at third base to get out of the inning with no runs.
Hanke added two more runs to the Aggie total in the seventh as he hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season over the center field wall to plate Descalso and give the Aggies a 7-1 cushion.
The Aggies added three more runs in the ninth off an RBI single from Jefferies and a two-run single from Mihaylo.
After giving up a leadoff hit, Eddie Gamboa struck out two of the final three batters he face, which included striking out the final batter looking.
UC Davis returns home to Dobbins Stadium this weekend for a three-game series against UC Santa Barbara. The game on Friday will begin at 2:30 p.m.