March 4, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - Kenny Diekroeger hit a grand slam and No. 20 Stanford scored six runs in the sixth inning to take a 10-6 win over UC Davis at Dobbins Stadium Thursday.
The game was played under protest by Stanford head coach Mark Marquess when, in the bottom of the seventh inning, UC Davis' Scott Heylman batted out of turn. The umpire ruled that the appeal had been made too late, thus prompting the protest by Marquess.
The loss is the fourth straight for UC Davis who is now 4-5 overall. Stanford improves to 4-4 with the win.
"Unfortunately we just had that one bad inning where we gave them six but we didn't play poorly defensively," said UC Davis head coach Rex Peters. "We swung the bats a little bit and scored enough runs to win, we just didn't pitch well enough. We showed a little bit of life late in the game which we hadn't done in previous games so that was a good positive sign."
The Aggies took an early lead with a run in the first inning after freshman Seth Batty advanced to third base then scored off a single by Scott Lyman.
Stanford regained the lead when Jake Stewart hit a two-run homerun in the top of the third, but UC Davis put up three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-2 advantage.
Batty, who hit 2-for-4 on the day, singled to left field then advanced to second after Cardinal pitcher Garrett Hughes was called for a balk. Daniel Cepin then got on base with a single and stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Cepin and Batty would score off another Lyman single. Justin Schafer would then cross home plate after Eric Johnson hit a single to center field. Johnson was caught stealing second and a groundout to second base by Paul Politi ended the inning and the Aggies' scoring run.
Stanford took over in the sixth inning, beginning with a triple from Stewart who would go on to score the first run of the inning. The Cardinal loaded the bases and Diekroeger took advantage with a grand slam to right field to put Stanford up 8-4. Aggie pitcher Matthew Lewis
forced Zach Jones to pop up to right field then struck out Stewart to end the inning.
"Stanford's a good fastball hitting team and you really have to command your offspeed pitches to have success against that," said Peters. "They got into some of those counts when we weren't commanding our offspeed pitches and they did something with it. The two run homer and the grand slam were both 1-0, 2-0 fastball counts where we weren't commanding any other pitch and we had to throw a fastball and they hit it."
UC Davis briefly rallied with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when Eric Johnson hit a double to center field to bring home Lyman. Johnson then scored off a single by Kyle Mihaylo, but the Aggies were unable to bring home any more runs.
Lyman led the Aggie offense, hitting 3-for-5 with three RBI and one run. Johnson was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run.
For the Cardinal, designated hitter Ben Clowe was 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI while Diekroeger was 2-for-4.
Nathan Slater picked up his first loss of the year and now sits at 0-1 after giving up seven hits and five runs in five innings of work. Slater struck out two and walked two.
Dean McArdle earned the Cardinal win to move to 1-0.
UC Davis will next face crosstown rival Sacramento State in the Causeway Classic matchup. The Aggies and the Hornets begin the three-game series Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Hornet Field. The series will then move to Dobbins Stadium Saturday for a 1 p.m. matchup before returning to Hornet Field Sunday at 1 p.m.