May 20, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Grant Hirneise drove in three runs on a pair of triples while starter Dave McKae went the distance for the third time this season as UC Davis opened a three-game series against Cal State Northridge with a 6-4 victory Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 24-26. The Matadors fall to 18-31-1 on the season.
UC Davis opened the scoring by putting up four runs in the bottom of the second. David Butterworth lined a one-out double to center to get things going. After two walks and a wild pitch, Hirneise drilled a two-run triple to the wall in center, making it 3-0. Hirneise then came home on David Huffman's groundout to second.
The lead didn't last long as the Matadors tied it up in the next inning. With one run already in, Alberto Quintana lined a two-run double down the left field line, extending his hitting streak to 10. Two batters later, Quintana came home to tie the score on Luke Riordan's fielder's choice as the Matadors put up five hits in the inning to make it 4-4.
In the sixth Hirneise struck again, hitting his second triple of the game to drive home Kyle Irving from first for a 5-4 lead. The Aggies added another run in the seventh has Lukas Kirby drove home Brandon Oliver with an RBI single to center to close out the scoring.
McKae did not have his best stuff early on, but after getting through the third inning he settled into a groove. He allowed only one runner past first the rest of the way and faced just three over the minimum the rest of the way. With the win McKae improved to 8-5 as he struck out four against just one walk while scattering 11 hits.
Offensively the Aggies collected nine hits against Matador pitching, two each from Hirneise and Tyler LaTorre, while senior David Butterworth earned his first start since March 12 and responded with a double that starter the four-run Aggie rally.
Adam Fleener had three of the Matador's 11 hits on the day, while Chase McGuire, Jon Voita and Michael Paulk each had two. Kyle Jean started and went 6 1/3 innings, taking the loss as his record falls to 3-3. Jean allowed all six runs on six hits, striking out three. Matt Gaylord worked the final 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
These same two teams continue their series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. start at Dobbins Stadium.
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