Feb. 14, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Pitcher Tim Worthington scattered three hits over seven innings and three Seawolves had two hits each, as Sonoma State beat UC Davis, 7-1, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game at Dobbins Stadium on Friday.
The loss dropped the Aggies' early-season record to 2-2 overall, while the Seawolves improved to 9-2-1. The game was the CCAA opener for both teams.
Worthington, who improved to 3-0, set down the first nine batters he faced on Friday and didn't allow a hit until second baseman Mark Wells' infield single leading off the fourth. He had just one strikeout in seven innings of work and walked only two. A one-out double to left in the fifth inning by the Aggies' Dustin Soderman brought around right fielder Ross Warner with the only UC Davis run against Worthington, while shortstop Ryan Coultas' single to center in the sixth accounted for the Aggies' only other hit against the Sonoma State starter.
Sonoma State led 7-0 after four innings, scoring a single run in the second, two more in the third and then breaking it open with four in the fourth to help chase UC Davis starter Dave McKae. McKae allowed seven runs and eight hits, while striking out three and walking one. His record dropped to 1-1.
Leading 3-0, the Seawolves led off the fourth with four consecutive singles by first baseman Armando Ornelas, third baseman Effren Trejo, catcher Dennis Peters and center-fielder Keian Davis, making it 5-0. An infield error and sacrifice fly brought in the final two runs.
Ornelas, Trejo and Peters each had two hits for Sonoma State with Peters also knocking in a pair of runs.
Freshman reliever Travis Bearden was a bright spot for the Aggies on Friday, entering the game for McKae in the fourth and later retiring 12 consecutive batters between the fifth and ninth innings. He allowed just one hit in 5.2 innings, struck out four and walked only one batter.
"We thought he'd give us quality innings and give us a chance to come back," said first-year UC Davis coach Rex Peters. "We didn't hit enough."
Bearden said he relied on his defense.
"I was just letting them hit it and let the defense make plays," he said. "I was trying to throw as many strikes as possible and mix it up."
UC Davis and Sonoma State are scheduled to play an 11 a.m. doubleheader in Rohnert Park on Saturday, but weather may force a change to Dobbins Stadium. A decision will be made Saturday morning. The teams are also scheduled to play a single game at UC Davis on Sunday, beginning at noon.