May 22, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Kyle Irving drove in four runs and Lukas Kirby added a two-run triple late in the contest as UC Davis completed a three-game sweep over Cal State Northridge with a 9-8 victory Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the victory the Aggies even their season record at 26-26, earning their third series sweep over a Big West Conference opponent this season. The Matadors fall to 18-33-1 following the loss.
It was Senior Day at Dobbins Stadium and two of the honorees did much of the damage. Irving's three-run double in the fourth tied the game at 4-4 while David Butterworth responded to his second start in three days by going 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Matadors took its first lead of the series with a four-run second inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Raymond Ravago hit a two-run single through the left side then two outs later, Chase McGuire made it 4-0 with a two-run single to center. In the inning Northridge chased Aggie starter Peter Soskin after just 1 2/3 innings.
UC Davis responded with five runs in the fifth, connected on six straight, one-out hits. Butterworth drove the first run home with the fourth single of the inning then Irving drilled a double to the gap in left-center, tying the score at 4-4. Irving then pushed the Aggies ahead when he scored on Dan Baldini's RBI fielders choice.
After each team scored runs in the sixth, the Matadors tied it at 6-6 in the seventh when McGuire walked, advanced to third following two outs, then stole home for his first steal of the season. As it did all day, the Aggies responded again, this time with a three-run frame. Kirby crushed a 2-2 pitch deep to right-center for a two-run triple, scoring Daniel Descalso and Ryan Royster, then Butterworth closed out the Aggie scoring with a single to left to bring home Kirby.
In the ninth the Matadors made things interesting as they scored two runs and had the tying run at first before Eddie Gamboa came on to record his third save of the season, getting Luke Riordan to groundout to third.
"We'll take it," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "The best thing about today was that the players responded to a challenge. In past weeks we have folded up the tent when we got behind. Today we kept grinding and everything they put something on the board, we answered. "We got some timely hits which is a good sign that things are turning the corner offensively for us," Peters continued.
The Aggies used six pitchers on the day, with Nik Aurora picking up his first win of the season after working 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief. Gamboa only faced one batter in picking up his second save of the series.
Offensively the Aggies pounded out 11 hits, its most since collecting 10 at UC Berkeley on Apr. 26, a span of 13 games. Irving led the way with four RBI as one of four Aggies with two hits, while Kirby scored three runs on the day.
Craig Baker started for Northridge and worked six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits before giving way to Joe Rocchio, who suffered the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in two innings pitched. Jeff Tezak went 3-for-3 to lead an 11-hit Matador attack while McGuire and Erik Hagstrom each had two hits.
UC Davis concludes its home schedule with a Tuesday contest against UC Berkeley at Dobbins Stadium. Gametime is set for 2:30 p.m.