Aggies Miss Opportunities In Warrior Shutout

Dave McKae pitched another strong complete game, allowing just six hits and fanning nine against the Warriors Friday. <br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Dave McKae pitched another strong complete game, allowing just six hits and fanning nine against the Warriors Friday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
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DAVIS, Calif. --- Scott Geissler surrendered eight hits through eight innings and UC Davis stranded 11 runners on base as Cal St. Stanislaus shut out the Aggies for a 2-0 win in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game at Dobbins Stadium in front of 220 Friday.

UC Davis drops to 10-7 on the season, and 8-5 in conference. The Warriors improve to 8-11-1 overall, and 4-5 in CCAA play.

Cody Crossman went 2-for-4 with the Warriors' only RBI, which came in a two-run eighth inning. Right-fielder Scott Neal shot a one-out double, the moved to third on a fielder's choice. Crossman then chopped a ground ball to the right side of the infield just out of reach of a sliding Mark Wells at second base. Third baseman Cody Crabtree then bounced to UC Davis shortstop Ryan Coultas, who booted the grounder, scoring Crossman for the second run of the game.

UC Davis first threatened in the fifth when singles by Lukas Kirby and Matt Blankenheim help load the bases for Coultas on the fifth inning. However, CSUS shortstop Jeffrey Bellotti snared his Aggie counterpart's line drive up the middle to end the inning. Coultas and designated Ross Warner both had hits in the eighth inning, but that rally ended on a double play initiated by Bellotti.

Aggie catcher Andy Reisinger and right fielder Dustin Soderman each had singles to right field to start the ninth inning, and Matt Blankenheim loaded the bases with a single to left two batters later. However, Warrior reliever Scott Taylor retired UC Davis' Nos. 1 and 2 batters to earn the save.

The Warriors also made key defensive plays in the eighth and ninth innings, smothering sacrifice attempts on plays to third base in each of those innings.

"In close games, you have to execute in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "You have to play catch, make defensive plays and execute bunts. We didn't do that."

UC Davis pitcher Dave McKae posted his second straight quality start for a loss, yielding just six hits and fanning nine in a complete-game outing.

"Dave pitched real well and deserved to win," added Peters. "Unfortunately, he pitched well and got a loss out of it. He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win."

Warner, Reisinger, Soderman and Blankenheim each had two hits for UC Davis.

The Aggies and Warriors continue their series with a doubleheader in Turlock Saturday.

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Scott Geissler, Scott Taylor (9) and John Abdelkerim. Dave McKae and Andrew Reisinger. WP - Geissler, 4-2. LP - McKae 2-3. Save - Taylor 2.

Hitters - CSUS: Scott Neal 1x4, 2B; Cody Crossman 2x4, SB, RBI; Jeff Crabtree 1x4, SB; John Abdelkerim 1x4; Tucker Vazquez 1x4. UC Davis: Ryan Coultas 1x5; Ross Warner 2x4; Andrew Reisinger 2x4; Dustin Soderman 2x3; Lukas Kirby 1x4, Matt Blankenheim 2x4.