March 9, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Cody Crossman hit a two-run triple in the top of the eight inning and Warrior reliever Scott Taylor worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth as Cal State Stanislaus defeated UC Davis, 7-5, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game in front of 358 Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies split the four-game series with the Warriors and fall to 12-8 on the season, 10-6 in CCAA play. Stanislaus improves to 9-13-1, 5-7 in conference action.
UC Davis jumped on top in the first after back-to-back singles by Ryan Coultas and Ross Warner put runners on the corners. With two outs, Andy Reisinger lined a double down the right field line, scoring Coultas. The Aggies added a run in the second after a failed pickoff attempt scored Dustin Soderman and increased the lead to 3-0 in the third on an RBI single from Matt Blankenheim.
Stanislaus cut the lead to 3-2 with two runs in the top of the fourth after RBI singles from Tucker Vasquez and Jeff Crabtree. The Warriors took the lead in the fifth following a two-out, two-run triple to right field off the bat of Cody Crossman. The lead grew to 5-3 in the sixth when Jeffrey Bellotti singled home John Abdelkerim.
The Aggies tied the score in their half of the seventh as Robby Tulk started a string of four straight singles that produced two runs. UC Davis looked for more with runners on the corners and no outs, but Matt Kamigawachi was forced at second on a fielders choice and Warner strayed too far off third, getting tagged out on his way back to the bag.
In the eighth the Warriors took the lead for good as with two outs Bellotti laced a two-run double down the left field line, scoring Marc Duvall and Crabtree with the go-ahead runs. UC Davis threatened in the bottom of the ninth as it put runners on first and second with one out, but Warrior reliever Scott Taylor came on to fan Kamigawachi and after walking Reisinger, induced Blankenheim into a fielder's choice for the final out.
"We came out of the gates good, but we went on cruise control and let them back in," said Aggie Head Coach Rex Peters. "They had key at bats to take the lead, but we had a few errors, which is part of the game, but it gave them a little bit of life. We gave ourselves a good chance to win the game in the ninth. It wasn't the late innings that cost us this game, it was the middle innings."
Warner led the Aggies' 12-hit attack with three singles while Coultas, Kamigawachi and Reisinger added two hits each. Trevor Thornton started on the hill for the Aggies and went 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on four hits. Travis Bearden came on in relief and worked two innings, scattering four hits and two earned runs, taking his first loss of the season. Joel Needham worked the final 1.2, allowing just one hit.
Bellotti drive in three runs and had two hits to lead the Warriors. Crabtree and Kyle Dennis each added a pair of his for Stanislaus. Patrick Blackburn started for the Warriors and after a slow start in which he allowed runs in each of the first three innings, he settled down to go seven on the day. He allowed 11 hits and five runs, striking out one. Ben Beznoska went 1.1 innings of relief allowing one hit before Taylor came on in the ninth to record the final two outs, earning his third save.
UC Davis returns to the diamond on Tuesday when it hits the road to face Sacramento State. Gametime is set for 2pm.
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