May 18, 2003
HAYS, Kan. -
For the second straight day the UC Davis pitching staff shut down its opponent as Julio Marquez threw seven shutout innings and received all the support he needed with a Dustin Soderman RBI single in the first inning as the No.4-seed Aggies knocked off top-seed Sonoma State, 5-0, in the championship game of 2003 NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament Sunday afternoon at Larks Park.
With the win the Aggies improve to 35-22 on the season and advance to the 2003 NCAA Division II National championships beginning Saturday in Montgomery, Ala.
The win over Sonoma was the second in four days at the tournament and left UC Davis as the only undefeated team at the regional. It also marked the second consecutive shutout for UC Davis following the Aggies' 3-0 victory over Fort Hays State in which Dave McKae threw only the fourth no-hitter in 35 years of NCAA Division II tournament play.
For the third straight game the Aggies jumped out on top. In the top of the first UC Davis strung together four singles, the last by Soderman scoring Andrew Reisinger resulting in the first run of the game. In the third the Aggies extended their lead as with two outs, Mark Wells lined a single through the left side, scoring Matt Kamigawachi and David Butterworth. Kyle Irving then lined the next pitch up the middle, scoring Ross Warner for the 4-0 lead.
In the third, Sonoma put its leadoff man on, but Marquez caught him leaning toward second and picked him off. One out later, Marquez picked off another Seawolf runner, ending the frame. In the fourth the Aggies had the bases loaded with only one out, but after Aaron Damm replaced Sonoma starter Noah Sweeters, Warner grounded into the inning-ending double play.
In the eighth, Marquez got ahead of Seawolf second baseman Brian Stream, but hit him on a 1-2 pitch. Travis Bearden
came on to relieve Marquez and induced Tom Everidge into a 4-6-3 double play. Darrel Jacks then grounded out to Wells at second allowing UC Davis to take a 4-0 lead into the ninth inning.
The Aggies added more in the ninth. After a leadoff double by Butterworth, Soderman and Damm faced off in a 10-pitch at-bat. Soderman had fouled off six pitches with a 2-2 count when Sonoma head coach John Goelz went to first-game starter Ryan McClelland. On McClelland's first and only pitch, Soderman lined an RBI single to right, scoring Butterworth to close out the scoring.
Marquez ended his day going seven-plus innings, allowing no runs, scattering six hits while striking out five. Only once did he allow two hits in an inning and recorded 12 ground ball outs. Bearden went the final two innings, retiring all five batters her faced. In all, Sonoma connected for only five hits on the day, all singles.
"All I can say is that I am extremely proud of the way our kids played this weekend," said Aggie Head Coach Rex Peters. "Sonoma clobbered us last weekend at the conference tournament and we were missing one of our top players in (shortstop) Ryan Coultas. There were a lot of built-in excuses coming in, but the kids were resilient and we pitched our tails off, played great defense and came up with some big hits.
"I couldn't ask for any more from the players," Peters continued. "Their competitiveness on the field and at the plate came through. I told the guys before we started that the best team does not always win the regional, but the team that is playing the best. This weekend we played the best."
Offensively, UC Davis pounded out 14 hits on the day, including three by Wells. Kamigawachi, Soderman and Warner each added two hits while Soderman and Wells both had two RBIs.
At the conclusion of the West Regional, the all-tournament team was announced with five Aggies leading the way. McKae and Marquez were the pitchers, while Kamigawachi was named at shortstop, Wells and second and Tyler LaTorre as one of the outfielders.
UC Davis will now advance to the national championships next week and face South Atlantic Region champion Kennesaw State in a Sunday contest in Montgomery.
UC DAVIS BASEBALL
No.4 UC Davis (35-22) 103 000 001 - 5 14 1
No.1 Sonoma State (46-15-1) 000 000 000 - 0 5 0
WP - Julio Marquez (7-2). LP - Noah Sweeters (6-3). UC Davis: Julio Marquez, Travis Bearden (8) and Andrew Reisinger. SSU: Noah Sweeters, Aaron Damm (4), Ryan McClelland (9), Bret Wedding (9), Jeff Henning (9) and Brad Shannon.
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Kyle Irving, 3-5, 2 RBI; Dustin Soderman, 2-3, 2 RBI; Ross Warner, 2-4, Run; Matt Kamigawachi, 2-3, Run; David Butterworth, 1-3, 2B, 2 Runs; Robby Tulk, 1-05, 2B, Andrew Reisinger, 1-5, Run; Tyler LaTorre, 1-4; Kyle Irving, 1-4, RBI. SSU: Adam Rachlin, 1-3; Tom Everidge, 1-4; Effre Trejo, 1-3; Brandon Burgess, 1-4; Gil Barry, 1-3.