March 25, 2003
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Robby Tulk and Ryan Coultas hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the ninth inning and Joel Needham pitched two innings of hitless relief to earn his first victory of the season as UC Davis rallied from a run down in the final inning to defeat the University of San Francisco, 6-5, in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond.
With the win the Aggies improve to 16-10 on the season while USF falls to 11-17. The Dons jumped ahead in the first on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Sittauer that scored Jonnie Knoble. In the fourth inning USF pushed two more runs across after Aggie starter Jeff Vignau hit two batters, threw a wild pitch, then allowed an RBI single by Andrew Smith and a fielder's choice that scored Royce Fukuroku.
UC Davis tied the game with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Tulk launched his first home run of the year to right field, scoring David Butterworth ahead of him. In the sixth the Aggies pushed across two more, tying the game at 4-4.
USF added a run in the seventh following a Joe Jacobitz home run and held the lead until the top of the ninth. Butterworth led off the frame with a smash to third that Khamis Zananiri, a defensive replacement, couldn't handle cleanly and was charged with an error. Chris Gottschalk pinch-ran for Butterworth and reached third following two Aggie outs. Tulk then ripped a line drive double over the head of right-fielder Stefan Gartrell and to the wall on the first pitch he saw from Dons closer Kevin Annis to tie the game at 5-5. The next batter, Coultas, who had been 0-4 up to this point, ripped a two-out double of his own which easily scored Tulk to give the Aggies a 6-5 lead.
"We did a great job battling back today," said Aggie Head Coach Rex Peters. "I'm really proud of these guys. Tulk and Coultas came up with some big hits to win this for us."
Needham, who came on in the top of the eighth, faced the minimum three batters in the ninth to earn his first win of the season. Vignau started for the Aggies and went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out one. Travis Bearden came on in the fourth and went 3.2 innings, surrendering two runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Tulk did a bulk of the damage at the plate, going 3-for-5 on the day with a home run, double and three RBIs. Matt Kamigawachi and Andy Reisinger each added a pair of hits for UC Davis.
Kevin Annis took the loss for USF, surrendering both runs in the ninth. Steve Spurgeon started and went five innings, scattering five hits and two runs. Greg Schwenn relieved him and went 2.1 innings before giving way to annis in the eighth. Offensively, Joe Jacobitz led the Dons with a home run and double, while Knoble and Ryan Hanson added a pair of hits each.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it opens a four-game series against Grand Canyon at Dobbins Stadium. Gametime is set for 2:30pm.
UC Davis (16-10) 000 022 002 - 6 10 1
San Francisco (11-17) 100 210 100 - 5 10 2
WP - Joel Needham (1-0). LP - Kevin Annis (2-2). UC Davis - Jeff Vignau, Travis Bearden (4), Joel Needham (8) and Andrew Reisinger. USF - Steve Spurgeon, Greg Schwenn (6), Kevin Annis (8) and Ryan Hanson.
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Robby Tulk, 3-5, HR, 2B, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs; Andrew Reisinger, 2-4, 2B; Matt Kamigawachi, 2-4; Ryan Coultas, 1-5, 2B, RBI; Ross Warner, 1-4, RBI; David Butterworth, 1-3, Run. USF: Joe Jacobitz, 2-5, HR, 2B, RBI; Jonnie Knoble, 2-5, 2 Runs; Armand Gaerlan, 2-3; Ryan Hanson, 2-4, RBI; Andrew Smith, 1-3, RBI; Royce Fukuroku, 1-3, Run.