April 15, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. -
Danny Dorn had a two-run home run and scored four runs on Saturday afternoon as No.1 Cal State Fullerton downed UC Davis 8-1 at Goodwin FIeld, winning the three-game nonconference baseball series between the future Big West Conference opponents.
UC Davis won Thursday's opener with an exciting 2-1 win but the Titans rebounded to win 11-2 on Friday night to even the series, setting up Saturday's finale. The Aggies dropped to 13-18 on the season while Cal State Fullerton, which is the consensus top-ranked team in the country, upped its mark to 28-9.
Shortstop Brandon Oliver went 3-for-3 with a double to lead UC Davis while first baseman Lukas Kirby also picked up a two-bagger. Freshman Bryan Evans (3-5) allowed seven hits and seven runs - only four of them earned - in 4-1/3 innings and suffered the loss for UC Davis while Titans' hurler Dustin Miller (7-1) gave up five hits and just one run to earn the the win.
Dorn was one of two Cal State Fullerton players to collect two hits, joining Brandon Tripp who was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The Titans, who scored five early runs in Friday's win, jumped out again early on Saturday, scoring twice in both the second and third innings. Dorn, who had a one-out single to left in the second inning, scored the game's first run when catcher Cory Vanderhook doubled down the right-field line. An infield single and a walk loaded the bases before a two-out walk to shortstop Blake Davis made it 2-0.
Dorn then made it 4-0 with one out in the third inning, hitting a two-run homer to right that scored designated hitter David Cooper, who had singled to left.
The Aggies got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning after Oliver doubled to right-center field and then subsequently stole third base. He scored on catcher Tyler LaTorre's groundout to second.
The Titans loaded the bases against Evans in the fifth inning on a hit, an error and an intentional walk, with Evans relieved by Paul Gonzales
with one out. Cal State Fullerton followed by picking up three runs on a hit batter, sacrifice fly and then a RBI single by Tripp to assume a 7-2 lead, adding another run-scoring single by Tripp in the seventh inning to complete its scoring.
Miller struck out four and walked none, allowing the doubles to Oliver and Kirby among the five hits he gave up overall. Ryan Paul held the Aggies hitless for two innings before standout closer Vinnie Pestano came on to pitch the ninth, allowing a single to right by third baseman Daniel Descalso.
Gonzales, Phil Rasmussen and Nik Aurora gave up just four hits over the final 3-2/3 innings for UC Davis. Left-fielder Kevin James had the Aggies' lone remaining hit.
UC Davis will return to action with a 2:30 p.m. game on Tuesday at Cal before facing Long Beach State - currently in second-place to Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Conference - in a three-game series beginning on Friday at Dobbins Stadium.