AGGIES WIN BIG WEST OPENER OVER PACIFIC,
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior second baseman Matt
Dempsey drove home two runs in the fourth inning
and senior right-hander Eddie Gamboa allowed
only one run and struck out six batters in eight
innings of work to lead UC Davis to a 4-1 victory
over Pacific in the Big West Conference baseball
opener at Dobbins Stadium Friday afternoon.
It marks the Aggies first victory as official members
of the conference and improves their overall record
to 5-17. The Tigers drop to 15-8 overall and 0-1 in
conference with the loss.
"It's always nice to get that first win as official
members of the conference," said Aggie coach Rex
Peters. "We knew with the weather today that the
game was going to be low scoring. Eddie
(Gamboa) threw strikes and we played good
defensive for all but one inning. "
Dempsey finished with game-highs of two hits, two
RBI's and a double and extended his season-best
hitting streak to 17 games. Grant Hirneise and
Kevin James also had two hits in the game and
each scored a run. Ty Kelly improved his hitting
streak to 10 games and scored a run while walking
three times. A total of eight Aggies recorded hits in
Gamboa earned his team-leading fourth victory and
is undefeated on the season. He struck out a game-
best six batters, four of which came looking. He did
not allow an earned run in the contest as Pacific's
only run came off a bases loaded walk following an
error. Justin Fitzgerald pitched a scoreless ninth to
record his team-leading fourth save.
Adam Ching and Nick Longmire each went 2-for-4
to lead Pacific offensively. Starter Tyler Waldron
allowed only two earned runs off 10 hits in 7.1
innings, but earned his second loss.
UC Davis opened the scoring the fourth inning off a
two-run single from Dempsey. With runners on
second and third, Dempsey sent the ball to center
field to score the runners.
The Aggies added two more runs in the seventh
inning behind three Tiger errors to increase the
lead to 4-0. With Jake Jefferies on first and Kelly on
second, Evan Hudson drove a ball that got away
from the first baseman and traveled down foul
territory to score Kelly. The right fielder could not
field the ball cleanly, which allowed Jefferies to
score all the way from first.
The Tigers threatened in the eighth as they loaded
the bases with no outs. Gamboa allowed only one
run by walking Mike McKeever, but found a way out
of the jam with two strikeouts and a fielder's choice
that put a runner out at home.
The Aggies and Tigers resume the three-game
series tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game can be heard
live on ucdavisaggies.com through Pacific radio.
Pacific (5-17, 0-1) 000 000 010 - 1 6 3
UC Davis (15-8, 1-0)000 200 20x - 4 11 1
Tyler Waldron, Corey Kohnke (8) and Kurt Wideman;
Eddie Gamboa, Justin Fitzgerald (9) and Jake
Jefferies. Win - Gamboa (4-0). Loss - Waldron (1-2).
Save - Fitzgerald (4).
HITTERS: Pacific - Brian Martin, 1x4; Adam Ching,
2x4; Mike McKeever, RBI; Nick Longmire, 2x4;
Jonathon Lewis, 1x3; UC Davis - Ryan Royster, 1x4;
Ty Kelly 1x1; Jake Jefferies, 1x4; Evan Hudson, 1x4;
Ryan Scoma, 1x4, 2B; Kevin James, 2x3; Grant
Hirneise, 2x4; Matt Dempsey, 2x4, 2B, 2 RBI.
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