April 26, 2003
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cal State L.A.'s Tim Wilkerson blasted his 16th and 17th home runs of the season in leading the Golden Eagles to a 15-3 decision in game one over UC Davis, but the visiting Aggies answered with a 13-1 victory in the nightcap as the two teams split a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball doubleheader at Reeder Field.
UC Davis moves to 27-19 overall and, 21-13 in the CCAA, while CSULA is 22-25 overall and 18-17 in conference play.
Saturday afternoon's split puts CSULA in a four-way tie for the conference's fourth and final playoff spot. The Golden Eagles, Cal State Stanislaus and San Francisco State all have 18-17 conference records, while UC San Diego stands at 19-18 in the CCAA, percentage points behind.
CSULA jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the game one's first inning as Wilkerson followed a two-out single by Mike Miller with a blast over the right-center field fence. With Cal State L.A. leading 5-2, the Golden Eagle offense put the game out of reach by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 15-2 lead.
Scott Moore provided the big blow in the sixth, hammering his sixth home run of the season to right center, driving home Matt Beard, who doubled to start the inning.
After Das Jesson led off the seventh inning with a double, two singles, three walks, an Aggie balk and error led to five CSULA runs and set the stage for another Wilkerson power surge. With Miller on first base, the junior sent his second home run of the game the opposite way, clearing the left-center field fence for his 17th round-tripper of the year, and tying CSULA's single-season home run mark.
Cal State L.A. starter Chris Johnson threw 5-1/3 innings of eight-hit ball, allowing two runs for his third victory of the year (3-2). The Aggies' Julio Marquez allowed seven runs and eight hits in five innings, taking the loss (6-2). Miller's three hits and Moore's three RBIs added to Wilkerson's two-homer, four-RBI outing.
UC Davis jumped on CSULA starter Brandon Higelin in the nightcap, touching him for six runs in 2-2/3 innings of work (0-4). The Aggies continued their assault in the second game against three Golden Eagle relievers, scoring seven runs over the remaining four innings. UC Davis starter Dave McKae threw a complete-game three-hitter, allowing one run and striking out eight for his fourth win of the year (4-4).
Beard cashed in the sole Golden Eagle run in the second game, lining an RBI single to left field to score Jesson, who reached base with one out in the bottom of the second inning.
The teams conclude their four-game weekend series with a single game on Sunday beginning at noon.