Feb. 14, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Tyler LaTorre delivered a pinch-hit RBI single off reliever Mario Reyes in the eighth inning to lead UC Davis to a 4-3 win of the nightcap of a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader against Cal St. Stanislaus Saturday. The victory completed a doubleheader sweep for the Aggies, who won the opening game by a 11-4 final.
UC Davis improves to 4-3 on the year, and remains unbeaten in CCAA play at 3-0. The Warriors drop to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in conference.
Aggie first baseman David Butterworth opened the eighth-inning rally when he laced a ground ball to the left side of the infield. CSUS shortstop Chad Gordon made a final play to scoop the ball, but his throw from deep in the hole was off the mark at first. Lukas Kirby moved Butterworth to second on a sacrifice hit, then Reyes intentionally walked UC Davis catcher Andrew Reisinger to reestablish a force play.
With LaTorre batting in place of Friday's hero Matt Blankenheim, Reyes sent a wild pitch out of reach of his catcher Mike Gonzalez, sending the two Aggie runners to second and third. CSUS drew in the outfield to a shallow depth, enabling LaTorre to lift a fly ball out of the reach of centerfielder Cody Crossman for the game-winning hit.
UC Davis forced the extra frame thanks to Michael Jacobellis' run in the seventh. The freshman second baseman reached on a bunt single, advanced to third on Robby Tulk's shot up the middle, then came home when Brandon Oliver rolled a ground out to second.
"We were getting a little frustrated at the plate. We made good hard contact for most of the game, but we weren't getting good scoring opportunities where we could get the big hit," said UC Davis head coach Rex Peters. "But late in the game, we got some good at-bats and got some baserunners on. That was the difference. We had been hitting the ball hard and making outs. I knew if we kept grinding, we would come through."
Jacobellis, Reisinger and Tulk each had two hits to lead the Aggies offensively. Starter Travis Bearden surrendered just three hits and three unearned runs, then lefthander Peter Soskin fired 1.2 perfect innings in relief to record the win.
Crossman rapped out a pair of singles and Gordon had a hit and two runs scored for Stanislaus. Chris Burke allowed eight hits and just one walk in seven innings of work.
In Saturday's opener, the Aggies piled up nine runs in the fourth en route to a 11-4 win. Butterworth pounded out a two-run single and pinch-hitter Josh Behrens added a two-run double as part of the fourth-inning onslaught. Warrior starter John Guenette was touched for eight earned runs in 3.2 innings.
LaTorre, who caught pitchers Andy Kloos and Vince DeCoito in Game 1, went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs. Shortstop Ryan Coultas had three hits and two RBI, while Behrens and Kyle Irving added two safeties each for UC Davis. DeCoito earned the win in relief, allowing just two hits in 5.2 innings of shutout ball.
For Stanislaus, rightfielder Buck Simmons had three of his team's five hits in the opener. He had one of two sacrifice flies that allowed the Warriors to take a brief 4-0 lead through their fourth inning.
"Winning three games against a playoff-caliber club is obviously a good start. We'd like to finish it with another win tomorrow," said Peters. "Sweeps don't come around very often in this conference. If we get an opportunity, you have to go after it. So hopefully we can finish the job."
Both teams complete the four-game CCAA series in Turlock Sunday.