Feb. 28, 2003
CHICO, Calif. - Ivan Hernandez struck out 12 Aggies and Chico State scored three times in the third inning on Friday, as the Wildcats beat UC Davis, 3-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game at Nettleton Stadium.
The loss in the opener of the four-game series dropped the Aggies' record to 7-5 overall and 5-4 in the CCAA. Chico State improved to 10-7 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
Dave McKae pitched 7.1 strong innings for UC Davis, giving up just three hits while walking four and striking out seven. He suffered the loss and is 2-2. Hernandez scattered seven hits and walked none in his complete-game shutout, striking out a dozen batters along the way. He improved to 3-2 with the win.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the third, Chico State scored three times. Shortstop Chris Mendonsa singled to right for the first run, Steve Newson had a sacrifice fly to right for another, and third baseman John Paluck singled to center field for the third run.
Second baseman Brett Polan also had a hit for the Wildcats.
The teams will continue their weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dobbins Stadium. They'll finish the four-game set with a single game at noon on Sunday in Chico.
UC Davis (7-5, 5-4) 000 000 000 - 0
Chico State (10-7, 3-6) 003 000 00x - 3 3 2