March 3, 2005
HONOLULU, Hawai'i -
Wichita State scored four runs in the final two innings, the last two on a Phil Napolitan two-run single in the ninth, as the Shockers rallied for a 6-4 victory over UC Davis on the third day of play at the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament Thursday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 7-8 on the season and move to 1-2 at the tournament. The Shockers improve to 13-1 overall and 2-1 this week.
UC Davis took a 3-1 run lead in the bottom of the seventh as all three runs came in that frame. Three straight hits opened the inning as Ryan Royster led off with a doubles followed by singles from Brandon Oliver and an RBI single from Daniel Descalso. One out later, Tyler LaTorre singled home Oliver then Sean Rooney brought home Descalso for the final run of the inning.
Wichita State took a 4-3 lead in the eighth with a pair of runs. A one-out single from Nick McCoola and a double off the bat of Tyler Hill chased Aggie starter Dave McKae. Rooney came on and induced a groundout that scored a run then Hill stole home to give the Shockers a one-run lead.
The Aggies tied it in their half of the eighth as a two-out single from Oliver brought home Michael Jacobellis with the tying run. Wichita State then scored the final two runs of the game as with the bases loaded and no outs, Napolitan drilled a two-run single that scored Brian Hoy and Tad Reida.
The Aggies collected eight hits in the contest, two each from Oliver and Descalso. David Huffman increased his team-leading hitting streak to nine games with a single in the ninth. McKae went seven and a third innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out six. Rooney went the final 1.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits as his record falls to 0-2.
Wichita State banged out 11 hits, with McCoola and Damon Sublett each producing two-run singles on the day. Sublett picked up his first win of the season after throwing the final 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit.
The Aggies continue play at the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament on Friday when they face No.21 Louisiana Lafayette. Gametime is set for 4:30 p.m., PST.