April 13, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Aggie southpaw Michael Potter (2-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings of three-hit baseball as UC Davis upset No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, Thursday night in a non-conference series opener at Goodwin Field.
The Aggies, making their first-ever appearance in Fullerton, improve to 13-16on the season while the Titans drop only their third game in their last 20, and fall to 26-9.
Though the Titans out-hit the Aggies 6-4, Davis made the most of their opportunities scoring a pair of runs off of Titan ace Wes Roemer, who picked up his first loss of the season. First baseman Lukas Kirby belted his third home run of the season over the left-centerfield wall to jump the Aggies out to a 1-0 advantage leading off the second inning. It was the first home run of the season surrendered by the Titan sophomore.
In the top half of the fifth, Ryan Royster singled off Roemer then advanced to second on a weakly hit ground ball to second base. Leadoff hitter Brandon Oliver then singled to shallow right field that might have held up the runner at third, but the ball rolled under right fielder Jared Clark's glove, allowing the eventual game-winning run to score.
Despite striking out five over 7 1/3 innings, Roemer was not as sharp as he has been all season, walking a season-high two batters to increase his season total three. The sophomore falls to 7-1 in his first loss since May 21, 2005 versus Long Beach State.
Potter held the Titans to a lone run, an RBI-single by senior Joe Turgeon, that tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning. The lefty fanned six Titans before giving way to Vince DeCoito and Nik Aurora who held Fullerton scoreless for the final 2 2/3.
Titan shortstop Blake Davis and Aggie centerfielder Royster led all player with a pair of hits each.
The two teams will do battle again tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Goodwin Field. Lauren Gagnier (7-3) is schedule to be on the hill for the Titans.
NOTES: After breaking out of an 0-for-22 slump, David Cooper is now two for his last two plate appearances, collecting a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning. Cooper is now 6-for-8 (.750) off the bench for George Horton...Wes Roemer hit his 17 batter of the season Thursday night moving him within one of tying his own school record of 18 hit batters set last season.