March 28, 2004
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Ryan Coultas' two-run triple in the ninth inning sparked a five-run outburst as UC Davis rallied in its final at-bat for a 12-9 victory over Grand Canyon in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game Sunday afternoon at Brazell Stadium.
With the win the Aggies complete the four-game sweep and improve to 22-6 on the season, 17-3 in CCAA play. They extend their school-record winning streak to 16 games. Grand Canyon falls to 12-23 overall, 3-16 in conference action.
Trailing 9-7 entering the ninth inning, the Aggies put together five hits and five runs, the final three coming with two outs, for the come-from-behind win. With one out, Lukas Kirby drew a walk and moved to second on Aaron Hanke's single. Michael Jacobellis singled home Kirby and then Robby Tulk hit a sacrifice fly that scored the tying run.
With two outs and runners at first and second, Coultas tripled to center field. Matt Kamigawachi then singled home Coultas with the game's final run.
Grand Canyon took the early 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third. The Aggies responded with a six-run fourth inning as Tulk had a bases loaded walk and Coultas added a two-run single. UC Davis pounded out four hits in the inning and took advantage of two Antelope errors.
Grand Canyon added two more in the bottom of the frame then went ahead with three in the fifth as Brian Smith's two-run double to center scored the first two. The Antelopes added single runs in the sixth and seventh, giving them a 9-7 lead entering the final inning and setting the stage for the Aggie comeback.
Paul Gonzales started for UC Davis and lasted 4.2 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits. Joel Needham came on for the final three innings, allowing just three hits while striking out two to get the win.
Offensively, Coultas finished the day with five hits and four RBIs while Kirby, Tulk and Kamigawachi each added two hits as UC Davis combined for 17 hits on the afternoon.
Grand Canyon starter Bryan McDonald lasted just 3.1 innings as he was the first of five Antelope pitchers on the afternoon. Ryan Bethel came on with one out in the ninth and gave up three runs on four hits as his record falls to 0-2 this season. Bethel, Branden Ishikawa and Cody Johns each had two hits while Smith and Austin Moreland drove in two runs each.
UC Davis will next be in action on Tuesday when it hosts Cal State Hayward in a non-conference game at Dobbins Stadium. Gametime is set for 2:30 p.m.
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