April 24, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Sergio Pedroza broke out of a mini-slump with two hits and three RBI while pitcher Scott Sarver worked seven strong innings as Cal State Fullerton completed a three-game sweep over UC Davis with a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 21-17 on the season while the Titans improve to 30-11.
The Aggies had done a good job at keeping Pedroza down as the Titans leading hitter was just 1-9 in the first two games. After striking out in his first at bat, Pedroza finally broke through as Fullerton opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the third. Following a hit batter and a walk, Pedroza singled to center, scoring John Curtis and Ronnie Prettyman for the 2-0 lead. The Aggies cut the lead in half in the fifth as Tyler LaTorre came home on David Huffman's fielders choice to short.
The Titans increased their lead in the seventh as Pedroza and Brett Pill had RBI singles while the first run of the inning came via an Aggie error. UC Davis got one back in the bottom of the frame as Kyle Irving, who led off the inning with a double to left, came home to score on Brandon Oliver's RBI groundout. The Aggies threaten to score more, but Grant Hirneise was thrown out at home by center fielder Bobby Andrews trying to score from second on Daniel Descalso's single.
Sarver worked the first seven innings as he picked up his sixth win of the season, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits while striking out two. Vinnie Pestano, who picked up the save in Friday's win, retired all six batters he faced for his eighth save of the season.
Freshman Jeremy McChesney started and went six-plus innings for UC Davis, allowing three runs on fourth hits as he takes the loss. In all, four Aggie pitchers saw action on Sunday, with Mick Philips and Justin Fitzgerald working the final three innings of scoreless relief.
Offensively, each team had eight hits on the afternoon, with Irving and Aaron Hanke collecting two each for UC Davis while Pedroza and Pill each had two for the Titans.
UC Davis is next in action on Tuesday when it visits UC Berkeley beginning at 2:30 p.m.