April 3, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Hornets scored three unearned runs in the fourth inning, all benefit of three Aggie errors, then put the game away with a four-run sixth as Sacramento State avoided a three-game sweep with a 9-7 victory over UC Davis in a nonconference baseball game Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 16-10 on the season and drop their first game in five meeting this season against the Hornets. Sacramento State improves to 9-19-1 on the season and avoid being swept in the three-game series.
The Aggies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third when Lukas Kirby lined a bases loaded, two-run double down the left field line. On the play two Aggies scored but Daniel Descalso was thrown out at home trying to score from first. Tyler LaTorre and Dan Baldini each had RBIs in the second inning as a UC Davis sweep looked probable early on.
In the third Sacramento State got on the board with a Jim Strombach RBI double to right center, then tied the game with three runs in the fourth. UC Davis matched its season-high with three errors, all coming in the fourth inning, and the Hornets took advantage. With two outs and a runner of first, he reached via the first error, Taylor Watanabe drilled a double to right to start the scoring. Two more errors and a Travis Kassebaum single tied the score at 4-4 through four innings.
Matt Wilson's second home run of the season gave the Hornets their first lead of the series in the fifth inning before UC Davis tied the game in the sixth on an infield single by Brandon Oliver than plated David Huffman all the way from second base. That was a close as UC Davis came as the Hornets put up a four-run sixth inning, stringing together three hits, the big blow a two-run double from pinch-hitter Mick Joyce to close out the Sacramento State scoring.
UC Davis closed the gap in the eighth thanks to a wild pitch and an RBIs single from Oliver, but Warren Rosebrock came on to close down the Aggie threat. Rosebrock got out of the eighth then struck out the side in the ninth to end the game and earn his first save of the season.
Ken Livesey started for the Hornets and worked into the sixth before Marshall Hendon came on to pitch the next two and 2/3 innings, earning his first win of the season. Offensively, the Hornets spread it around as eight different players collected a hit.
Vince DeCoito got the start for UC Davis and went the first four and 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, although only two were earned. Justin Fitzgerald came on it the fifth and suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four runs on two hits in just two-thirds of an inning.
Kirby, Oliver, Descalso and LaTorre each had two hits and UC Davis pounded out 10 hits altogether.
The Aggies are next in action on Tuesday when they visit the University of San Francisco. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
UC DAVIS BASEBALL
UC Davis (16-11) 022 001 020 - 7 10 3
Sacramento State (9-19-1) 001 314 00x - 9 8 3
WP - Marshall Hendon (1-0). LP - Justin Fitzgerald (0-1). Save - Warren Rosebrock (1). UC Davis: Vince DeCoito, Justin Fitzgerald (5), Nik Aurora (6), Jeremy McChesney (7) and Tyler LaTorre. SS: Ken Livesey, Marshall Hendon (6), Warren Rosebrock (8) and Matt Wilson.
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Tyler LaTorre, 2-5, 2B, RBI; Brandon Oliver, 2-4, 2 Runs, RBI; Lukas Kirby, 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Daniel Descalso, 2-5, RBI; Dan Baldini, 1-1, RBI; David Huffman, 1-3, 2 Runs. SS: Matt Wilson, 1-3, HR, 2 RBI; Jim Strombach, 1-4, 2B, RBI; Mick Joyce, 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI; Brian Conradi, 1-3; Taylor Watanabe, 1-3, 2B, RBI; Billy Sinacori, 1-4, 2 Runs, 2B; Everet Rincon, 1-3, RBI.