March 1, 2005
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Dexter Butler's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie and propelled South Florida to a 6-4 victory over UC Davis in the first game of the First Hawaii Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament Monday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 6-7 on the season while the Bulls improve to 9-5.
Following a wild first inning in which both teams scored four runs, the offense came to a halt as both teams struggled to score from that point. In the eighth Brian Baisley stroked a leadoff double to left then advanced to third on a Nick Cardieri single. Justin Fitzgerald relieved Michael Philips on the mound and after striking out his first batter, allowed Butler's two-run single to center that proved to be the game winner.
The Aggies jumped out quickly in the top of the first, putting together three hits, including a two-run single by Lukas Kirby. With the bases loaded, groundouts by Tyler LaTorre and Kyle Irving plated two more runs as the Aggies led 4-0 after a half inning.
In the bottom of the frame the Bulls tied the game as they also banged out three hits off Aggie starter Paul Gonzales. Gonzales allowed the first six batters he faced to reach base safely before settling down to get out of the inning tied at 4-4.
The Aggies threatened again in the fifth as they loaded the bases with two outs, but South Florida starter Ty Pryor got LaTorre to fly out to end the inning. Gonzales ran into trouble in the sixth as he walked Baisley with one out before giving way to Philips. A wild pitch and an error put Baisley on third with one out, but Philips worked his way out of the inning, keeping the score knotted at 4-4.
In the ninth Brandon Oliver reached first with one out but advanced no further as the Aggies dropped the first of five games in Hawaii.
Daniel Descalso, who earlier in the day was named the NCAA Division I Independent Baseball Newcomer of the Week, and Oliver led the Aggie offense with a pair of hits. Philips was saddled with his first loss of the season, going 1.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits.
Baisley and Jeremy Bellotti each had two hits for the Bulls while Daniel Thomas, who came on in the eighth to work the final 1.1 innings, picked up his fourth win of the year against just one loss.
UC Davis continues play at the First Hawaii Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament on Tuesday evening when it meets the host Rainbows. First pitch is set for 8:30 p.m., PST.
UC DAVIS BASEBALL
UC Davis (6-7) 400 000 000 - 4 8 1
South Florida (9-5) 400 000 02x - 6 9 1
WP - Daniel Thomas (4-1). LP - Michael Philips (0-1). Save - None. UC Davis: Paul Gonzales, Michael Philips (6), Justin Fitzgerald (8) and Tyler LaTorre. USF: Ty Pryor, Tim Mattison (6), Daniel Thomas (8) and Brad Karns, Brian Baisley.
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Daniel Descalso, 2-3, 2B; Brandon Oliver, 2-4; Lukas Kirby, 1-4, 2 RBI; Kyle Irving, 1-4, 3B, RBI; David Butterworth, 1-2; David Huffman, 1-4. USF: Jeremy Bellotti, 2-3, 2B; Brian Baisley, 2-3, 2B, RBI; Dexter Butler, 1-4, 2 RBI; Ty Taborelli, 1-4; Jeff Baisley, 1-2, 2B, RBI; Matt McHargue, 1-3, RBI; Nick Cardieri, 1-3, RBI.