Feb. 23, 2003
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Sophomore David Butterworth drove in five runs, including a bases-clearing double, and the Aggie offense pounded out 16 hits as UC Davis defeated San Francisco State, 13-5, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game Sunday afternoon at Maloney Field.
With the victory the Aggies improve to 7-4 on the season, 5-3 in CCAA play while the Gators drop to 5-5-1, 1-3 in conference action.
The Gators jumped on top in the first after a Wes Bentley home run put them up 1-0. UC Davis responded in its half of the fourth, erupting for five runs on three hits, the big blow coming from Butterworth's two-run single. The Aggies would add two more in the fifth on a Mark Wells two-run single and another in the sixth when Ryan Coultas; single to left scored Robby Tulk, who laced a two-out triple down the right field line in the previous at bat.
SF State chipped away with a run in the fifth and three more in the seventh, putting an end to Aggie starter Trevor Thornton's day with one out left in the seventh. Travis Bearden came on to get out of the inning and would last one more frame before giving way to Jeff Vignau and Brett Elliston in the ninth.
UC Davis broke the game open in its half of the ninth inning, putting five runs on the board. Tulk led off the frame with his second triple of the day and scored one batter later on a Coultas sacrifice fly. With two outs and three runners on, Butterworth cleared the bases with a double to left field to close out the scoring.
On the afternoon, Aggies pounded out 16 hits, three each by Wells and Ross Warner. Tulk, Matt Kamigawachi, Andy Reisinger and Butterworth added a pair of hits as UC Davis touched the Gator staff for 50 hits in the four-game series.
Thornton worked 6.2 innings, scattering nine hits and allowing five runs while striking out two as he moved his record to 2-1 on the season. Bearden, Vignau and Elliston combined for 2.1 innings of two-hit relief.
SF State was paced by Bentley's two hits while Jesse Acosta added a pair of singles.
The Aggies return to action this Friday when they hit the road to face Chico State in a CCAA matchup. Gametime is set for 2:30pm.
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