April 18, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - After 25 hits, 20 runs, 231 game minutes and a 68-minute rain delay, UC Davis and Cal State San Bernardino played to a 10-10 tie in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game Sunday at Dobbins Stadium.
With the tie the Aggies see their season record move to 31-11-1, 26-5-1 in CCAA play. The Coyotes go to 27-19-1 overall, 20-11-1 in conference action.
After the final out of the ninth inning, CCAA travel rules prohibit an inning from starting after 5 p.m. Therefore, the game was declared a tie, the first of the season for both teams.
As they have in each of the four games this series, the Coyotes scored first when Daron Roberts lined an RBI triple to center in the first inning, scoring Jeff Weld. The Aggies countered in the bottom of the inning as David Butterworth's two-out single to left scored Andrew Reisinger.
The Aggies took the lead in the third when they put together three hits scoring two runs. Robby Tulk had the 51st double of his career, setting a school record at UC Davis, and came around to score on Matt Kamigawachi's RBI single.
CSUSB tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth. In the fourth Marcos Ramos had an RBI double then Chris McAllen singled home Michael Reh in the fifth. Peter Soskin came on in relief of Aggie starter Paul Gonzales with two outs and two on in the fifth to end the Coyote threat.
UC Davis took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Tyler LaTorre drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded. As LaTorre reached first, the rain intensified and play was delayed 68 minutes with UC Davis leading 4-3. At the time of the delay, the Aggies had the bases loaded with no outs.
When play resumed, Danny Lambaren replaced Coyote starter Eric Foor on the mound. Lambaren surrendered a sacrifice fly to Aaron Hanke and a wild pitch that scored Butterworth before getting out of the inning.
Soskin looked sharp as he retired the first eight batters he faced. He ran into trouble in the eighth after two singles sandwiched around a walk scored the first run. Travis Bearden came on for Soskin to face three batters, getting one out and leaving the bases loaded for Joel Needham. Needham allowed an infield single then a two-run double to Roberts as the Coyotes took a 7-6 lead. Chris McAllen's two-run single closed out the inning as CSUSB put up six runs in the frame.
In the bottom of the eighth the Aggies regained the lead as Michael Jacobellis got things going with an RBI single to center. One out later, Reisinger lined a two-run double to center to tie the game then Butterworth's RBI single gave UC Davis a 10-9 lead.
In the top of the ninth Weld's two-out, RBI single tied the game off reliever Mick Philips, the fifth Aggie pitcher of the day. CSUSB looked to tie it the play before Weld's single, but Tulk's throw from centerfield nailed pinch-runner Jared Eichelberger, who was trying to score from second on a single.
"It was a long day," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "We swung the bats well enough to get a win today. We just need to get better efforts on the mound. We are struggling there with our command and ability to throw strikes."
Offensively, UC Davis pounded out 11 hits, led by Jacobellis' three while Reisinger and Butterworth each added two on the day. Reisinger also scored three runs and had three RBIs. Gonzales lasted 4.2 innings in the start, allowing three runs on six hits.
The Coyotes collected 14 hits on the afternoon, three from Roberts, who had a double, triple and three RBIs. Foor went 4.0 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out two.
UC Davis will next be in action on Tuesday when it hosts the University of San Francisco in a non-conference game at Dobbins Stadium. Gametime is set for 2:30 p.m.