Feb. 22, 2003
Shane Stover's dropped fly ball of the bat of Robby Tulk in the bottom of the ninth allowed two runs to score as UC Davis rallied for the come-from-behind, 5-4 victory over San Francisco State in the first game of a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. San Francisco State came back in the nightcap to take a 6-2 win to earn the split.
Following Saturday's play the Aggies held a 6-4 overall record on the season, 4-3 in CCAA play. San Francisco State moves to 5-4-1 overall, 1-2 in conference action.
The Gators jumped out quick in the first game as James Rivero scored in the top of the first on a Rigo Orozco RBI single to left. The Aggies responded in their half of the second with a pair of runs, the big blast coming on Andy Reisinger's RBI triple that pushed across David Butterworth, who reached base with a one-out double to left. UC Davis added another run in the third when Ross Warner's groundout to second scored Ryan Coultas, who led off the inning with a double.
The Aggies held a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth inning and brought in Coultas for the save opportunity. After retiring the first batter, Keegan Moore drew a walk and one batter later, Jonathan Caniezo doubled him home with the tying run. Caniezo pushed across the go-ahead run when he scored on a throwing error by Butterworth at first.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Aggies loaded the bases with one out. Reisinger then fouled out, bringing Tulk to the plate. The junior drove the ball to the warning track in left, where Stover looked to have a beat on it, but the ball bounced off his glove allowing the winning run to score from second.
Julio Marquez started for UC Davis and went six innings, scattering seven hits and allowing just one earned run. Travis Bearden allowed one run in his two innings of relief before Coultas came on. Offensively, Reisinger and Matt Kamigawachi each had a pair of hits.
In the nightcap, the Gators scored three runs on three hits in the top of the first off Aggie starter Michael Potter. UC Davis would cut the lead to 3-2 with single runs in the second and fourth, but the Gators would break the game open with three more runs in the fifth thanks to RBI singles from Orozco and Rivero. Michael Bentley scored the final run following a Coultas error.
Potter went 4.2 innings, allowing six runs and eight hits before Joel Needham came on for the final 2.1 innings where he surrendered just one hit. Warner went 3-3 in the game for the Aggies.
Jason Conrad went the distance for the Gators, scattering five hits and two earned runs while striking out four.
The Aggies and Gators conclude their four-game series Sunday afternoon with a single game in San Francisco. First pitch is scheduled for noon.