April 27, 2004
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Tom Everidge hit a grand slam and pitched an inning and a third of hitless relief as Sonoma State defeated UC Davis 12-6 in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Seawolf Diamond.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 33-15-1 on the season while the Seawolves improve to 32-23.
Trailing 1-0 entering the fourth inning, the Aggies took a 2-1 lead as Tyler LaTorre led off the frame with his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to center field. Matt Blenkenheim then doubled and three batters later, Brandon Oliver singled him home for the 2-1 advantage.
Sonoma answered with a three-run fourth on just one hit, taking advantage of an Aggie error and a Sean Clearly RBI double. UC Davis tied the game in the fifth with two more runs as Lukas Kirby led off with a single and David Butterworth followed with his fifth home run of the season, tying the game at 4-4.
In the fifth the Seawolves put the game away. After retiring the first two batters, Aggie reliever Peter Soskin allowed a single to center then walked the next three batters to force in the first run. Jack Boyl replaced Soskin on the mound and walked the first batter he faced before giving up Everidge's grand slam, only the second hit of the inning for Sonoma. The home was marked Everidge's 15th of the season.
Aaron O'Dell, regularly an infielder, got the start and threw three scoreless innings while striking out four. Eight Sonoma State pitchers would follow with varying success. After the Aggies surged for two runs in the fourth and fifth innings, the SSU bullpen settled down with scoreless performances from Justen Facino, Dan Barone, Everidge, and Mike Nunes. Facino pitched one inning to earn his first win of the season.
Sonoma State took advantage of ten walks by Aggie pitchers, though both teams left a lot of runners on base with the Aggies stranding 12 and the Seawolves 11. Mick Philips started for the Aggies, going 3.1 innings before giving way to Soskin, who allowed four runs in 1.1 innings to suffer the loss.
Offensively, Robby Tulk led the way with three hits, including his 16th double of the season, while Oliver, Kirby, LaTorre and Blakenheim each added two hits in the contest.
Adam Rachlin had three hits in the game for SSU including a home run to lead off the first inning. Sean Cleary had two hits and Everidge drove in five.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it hosts Cal State L.A. at Dobbins Stadium in the final series of the season a. Gametime is set for 2:30 p.m.