May 21, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Michael Potter worked seven strong innings and Kevin James had a key pinch-hit, two-run double as UC Davis recorded its second-straight win over Cal State Northridge, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 25-26 while the Matadors fall to 18-32-1.
Potter had one of his strongest outings of the season, scattering five hits through seven innings, allowing three unearned runs. He struck out seven while walking just two on the afternoon. Eddie Gamboa allowed just one hit over the final two innings to pick up his second save.
For the second straight game the Aggies scored first as Tyler LaTorre's one-out triple scored Daniel Descalso, who reached on a single to right. The Matadors responded with a pair of runs in the third. With two outs and nobody on, Raymond Ravago and Drew Aguailar hit back-to-back singles. Alberto Quintana, who saw hit 10-game hitting streak snapped, then hit a fly to left that was misplayed by Aaron Hanke for a two-base error, bringing both runners home.
UC Davis tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the third when Descalso lined a triple to center then came home on a wild pitch. The Aggies broke the game open in the fifth with a three-run outburst. With Kyle Irving on second and two outs, Matador starter Peter Eberhardt walked three straight hitters, bringing home the first run. James then hit for Jimmy Goetz and drilled a 1-2 pitch down the left field line, scoring Descalso and Tyler LaTorre for the 5-2 lead.
Cal State Northridge closed out the scoring in the sixth when Quintana drew a leadoff walk, stole second and eventually came home on an infield groundout.
"It was a good win," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "Michael and Eddie both pitched well and we got a few timely hits. Kevin gave us a big lift with his hit in the fifth inning."
The Aggies managed seven hits on the afternoon, two each from Descalso and Irving.
The Matadors had six hits on the day with Chase McGuire leading the way with a triple and a single. Eberhardt suffered the loss as he went 6 1/3 innings, allowing all five runs with five strikeouts.
These same two teams conclude their series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start at Dobbins Stadium. Prior to the game the Aggies will hold a short ceremony to honor five graduating seniors.