Feb. 11, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Scott Cousins threw seven innings of two-hit ball and the Dons scored all the runs they needed with a three-run third inning as the University of San Francisco defeated UC Davis 4-0 on the first day of play at the River City Baseball Classic Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 1-1 on the young season while USF improves to 2-0.
The Dons jumped out with three runs in the third inning. A leadoff walk, single and Aggie error led to the game's first run. Following an intentional walk to load the bases, Stefan Gartrell drilled a single up the middle, scoring Jonnie Knoble and Andrew Smith. The Dons extended their lead to 4-0 in the fifth as Royce Fukuroku lined a one-out double to left center, stole third, then scored on Hall's single to center over a drawn-in infield.
It took almost seven full innings before the Aggies put a runner in scoring position as Jimmy Goetz lined a one-out double down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh. He was quickly erased on the next pitch when Tyler LaTorre hit a comebacker to Cousins on the mound, and Goetz was retired on the fielder's choice when he broke for third and was retired in the rundown.
The Aggies threatened again in the eighth as with two outs, Brandon Oliver and Michael Jacobellis strung together back-to-back hits. Aaron Hanke could not deliver as he looked at a called third strike to end the rally. Those were the only opportunities in the game when an Aggie came to the plate with runners in scoring position.
"We didn't get enough baserunners on to get back in the game," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "The most disappointing thing about today is we didn't make the adjustments at the plate that we needed to.
"It's a fine line at this level (between winning and losing)," Peters continued. "The team that makes the fewest mistakes is generally going to win and today we made a few that hurt us. I thought Pete (Soskin) did his job. He held them down and gave us a chance to come back."
Starter Dave McKae went the first five innings for UC Davis, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits while striking out five. McKae's walked four on the day and his throwing error in the third led to three runs, one of them unearned. Peter Soskin came on in the sixth and allowed just one run on three hits while striking out six.
Cousins silenced the UC Davis bats as he scattered four hits over seven innings, striking out six en route to his first win of the season. T.J. Franco threw the final two innings, allowing a pair of singles while striking out three.
Offensively, Cousins had a pair of hits for the Dons while Gartrell had the big hit to drive in a pair of runs.
The Aggies return to action on Saturday when they host the Saint Mary's at Dobbins Stadium as part of the River City Classic. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.