April 9, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. -
For the second consecutive game against the Aggies (18-12), the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (16-16) found itself with a goose egg in the runs column of the box score, this time falling 9-0 on Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
Also for the second consecutive game, UC Davis was able to push across two first inning runs. Gaucho starter Andy Graham retired the Aggie leadoff hitter, but Dan Baldini followed with a one out double to left field. After Graham struck out Daniel Descalso for the second out, Aggie clean-up man Lukas Kirby sent a pitch over the wall in left field for a clutch two-out homer.
After a scoreless second inning for both teams, UC Davis found itself in a prime position to score runs. With a 2-0 lead, the Aggies had the top of their lineup batting to start the third. Leadoff man Brandon Oliver tripled to left center to start the inning. Baldini followed with an RBI and reached on an error by second baseman Alden Carrithers. After Descalso fouled out, Kirby sent the second of his round-trippers over the wall in left field to pick up two more RBI. After the blast that gave the Aggies a 5-0 lead, Graham settled down to retire the next two batters to end the inning.
After another unproductive top half of the inning, Davis managed to score another run in the bottom of the fourth inning. This time it was David Huffman going deep for the Aggies, sending a ball down the line in left and over the wall for a solo shot. After a walk and a single, Davis managed to push one more run across the plate in the fifth inning on a one out double to left center off the bat of Kevin James. After the double, Gaucho reliever Nate Holguin came on to stop the onslaught and retired the next two Davis hitters. At the end of five innings of play, the Aggies held a commanding 7-0 lead over UCSB.
Neither team was able to score any runs in the sixth inning, but in the seventh, Davis was once again on the attack, scoring two more runs and extending its lead to 9-0. The first Aggie run came when Tyler LaTorre took his turn and parked yet another Gaucho pitch over the left field fence. With David Huffman on second base after singling and advancing on a passed ball, Grant Hirneise sent a ground ball through the right side to drive in the ninth and final Aggie run.
Carrithers provided the only offense in the eighth inning for the Gauchos by doubling down the right field line. Down by nine and heading into the ninth inning, it looked as though the Gauchos might push across a run. Senior Matt Wilkerson led off the inning with a walk, and moved to second on a single by Matt Stevens. With two on and nobody out, the Gauchos went cold once again. Davis reliever Jeremy McChesney closed out the game by striking out two of the three final Gaucho hitters.
Graham (4-3) picked up the loss for the Gauchos. Peter Soskin improved to 3-1 on the year with the win. The Gauchos will look to avoid the sweep and another shutout when UCSB and the Aggies complete the three game series tomorrow at 1 pm. Junior Steve Morlock (3-4) is scheduled to take the mound for the Gauchos.