April 16, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Michael Rossano hit a pair of home runs and the Coyotes broke open a tie game with three runs in the ninth as Cal State San Bernardino ended the Aggies' 20-game conference winning streak with an 8-5 victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 30-10 on the season, 25-4 in CCAA play, and suffer their first conference setback since a 10-3 loss to San Francisco State on Feb. 22. The Coyotes improve their season record to 26-18, 19-11 in conference action.
The Coyotes got on the board first when Michael Rossano hit a two-run home run that scored Abel Casanova, giving CSUSB a 2-0 lead. UC Davis looked to tie the game with runners on the corners with two outs in the third, but Michael Jacobellis was thrown out at home on an attempted double steal, ending the rally.
In the top of the fifth Rossano made the score 3-0 as he hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot down the left field line. UC Davis finally got in the scoring column in the bottom of the fifth when Jacobellis' single through the left side scored Kyle Irving from second.
In the seventh the Coyotes had runners at the corners with one out when Travis Bearden came on to relieve Aggie starter Michael Potter. Bearden walked two of the first three batters he faced, forcing in another run before getting Aaron Rice to fly out to deep right field. In the eighth the Coyotes added another run on Aaron Jimenez's RBI single to right, scoring Casanova from second to make the score 5-1.
In the bottom of the eighth the Aggies put a rally together. With one out and the bases loaded, Matt Blankenheim's grounder to short was bobbled by Rossano, allowing one run to score with the bases still loaded. Michael Boes came on to replace Mutter and immediately walked Aaron Hanke, making the score 5-3. Pinch hitter Lukas Kirby then lined a two-run double down the left field line, scoring Tyler LaTorre and Ryan Coultas to tie the game at 5-5.
Daron Roberts led off the Coyote ninth with a double to center. After a hit batter, Joel Needham came on to replace Bearden and gave up an RBI single to Chris McAllen. Marcos Ramos and Jimenez each added RBI singles in the frame to give the Coyotes their final margin of victory.
For the game the Aggies had nine hits, two from Jacobellis while Kirby added the two-run double. Potter went 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out three. Bearden took the loss, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings and walking three.
For CSUSB, Rossano, Ramos and Jimenez each had three hits on the afternoon to lead a 15-hit Coyote attack. Jimenez had a double and two RBI while Ramos scored a pair of runs and added an RBI. Mutter went 7.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. Darren Koshko came on with two outs in the eighth and retired all four batters he faced to improve to 5-1 on the season.
"We got behind early and did a good job of coming from behind in the eighth, we just didn't execute our pitches in the ninth inning," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "They got the big hits when they need them and we didn't and that was the difference. They executed a little better than we did today.
"We hit the ball well early but couldn't score any runs," Peters continued. "We used a lot of energy in our first comeback and didn't have any left in the ninth."
These same two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium with the first pitch set for noon.