April 12, 2008
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (23-10, 6-2) was dealt their second home loss of the season, losing 16-2 to the UC Davis Aggies (22-11, 4-1) on Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Coming into Saturday's contenst, UCSB held an astounding 16-1 home record, but moved to 16-2 at home after the 16-2 loss. Aggie left fielder Kevin James led the way with four RBI in a 2-for-6 effort, while starter Brad McAtee shut down the Gauchos, allowing only one earned run in eight innings of work.
The Aggies plated singular runs in both the fourth in the fifth innings, to take an early 2-0 lead. Guacho starter Mario Hollands (3-2) worked out of a couple of early jams before surrendering an RBI double to James in the fourth. James dumped a ball into shallow left field, scoring Jake Jefferies from third to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
The Aggies tacked on another run in the top of the fifth to go ahead, 2-0. With runners on the corners, Hollands hit Jefferies with a pitch to load the bases with only one out. Aggie first baseman Evan Hudson followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Ryan Royster from third. Hollands was able to escape the jam, inducing Ryan Scoma to groundout to second to end the inning.
UC Davis broke the game open in the sixth, scoring seven times on three hits and two errors. Aggie right fielder Kyle Mihaylo led off the top of the fifth with a monster home run to deep left field, and UC Davis would not look back. The Gaucho pitching staff unraveled, hitting two batters and walking three in the inning. With the bases loaded, Kyle Brown and Zach Samuels were unable to extinguish the rally, as the Aggies increased their lead to 9-0.
The Gauchos finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth, as Steve Cook reached on an error to begin the inning. After Brian Gump flied out to left field, Chris Fox followed with a single to put runners on the corners with one out. Gaucho first baseman Eric Oliver then doubled into the right center field gap. Cook came around to score on the play, but Fox was gunned down at home plate by Aggie right fielder Kyle Mihaylo. At the end on six, the Aggies were leading, 9-1.
Not content with their eight run lead, the Aggies continued to pour it on, scoring six more times in the top of the seventh. A two-RBI double off the bat of Jefferies, scored Ty Kelly and Royster, extending the lead to 11-1. A James two-RBI single capped the scoring for the Aggies in the seventh. When the dust had settled, UC Davis held a commanding 15-1 lead.
Both squads plated singular runs in the eighth inning, but the Gauchos were unable to mount any significant attack. UC Davis starter Brad McAtee was untouchable, allowing only six hits in eighth masterful innings of work. McAtee improved to 5-2 on the year, striking out six and walking none in Saturday's outing. McAtee faced only three over the minimum through six innings of work, using a beautiful slider to paint the outside corner all day long. Mario Hollands suffered his second loss of the season, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on eighth hits, while striking out one and walking three.
Eric Oliver plated both Gaucho runs of the game in a 3-for-4 effort. Oliver hit his ninth double on the season, pushing his RBI total to 25.
Every Aggie starter with the exception of second baseman Matt Dempsey had at least one hit. Ty Kelly went 3-for-4 with three runs score and one RBI. Jake Jefferies went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI, and Kevin James powered the Aggies in a 2-for-6, four RBI effort.
The Gauchos resume play tomorrow, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the series finale against UC Davis. Senior Chuck Huggins (6-1) looks to remain dominant and silence the potent Aggie offense.