April 30, 2005
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Troy Tulowitzki slammed two home runs while Marco Estrada and Matt Fitts combined on a three-hit shutout as No.11 Long Beach State defeated UC Davis 9-0 Saturday afternoon at Blair Field.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 21-20 on the season while the Dirtbags improve to 31-14.
Tulowitzki made it 2-0 in the first with his first blast and then added a solo shot in the sixth to make it 9-0, more than enough for Estrada, who improved to 7-0 this season after allowing just three singles over eight innings while striking out seven. Fitts worked a perfect ninth to complete the shutout. The win marked the second straight shutout for LBSU over the Aggies and lowered the Dirtbags' ERA to 2.09, tops among all Division I schools.
Long Beach State added four runs in the fourth inning as Scott Bradley laced a two-run single which was followed by Chuck Sindlinger's second home run of the season. Evan Longoria added two-run homer in the fifth that made the score 8-0.
In all, the Dirtbags connected for 17 hits and four home runs on the afternoon, the latter tying a Blair Field record.
Aggie starter Michael Potter went just 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits as his record fell to 3-5. Offensively, Brandon Oliver, Kevin James and Grant Hirneise managed singles for the Aggies. Freshman Daniel Descalso went 0-4 on the afternoon, snapping his 10-game hitting streak.
Tulowitzki finished the day going 3-5 with tow home runs, a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, while Sindlinger also added three hits.
These same two teams conclude the series Sunday in Long Beach with a 1 p.m. start.
UC DAVIS BASEBALL
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WP - Marco Estrada (7-0). LP - Michael Potter 93-5). Save - None. UC Davis: Michael Potter, Nik Aurora (5), Michael Philips (7) and Tyler LaTorre, David Treat. LBSU: Marco Estrada, Matt Fitts (9) and Chris Jones, Danny Mocny.
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Brandon Oliver, 1-3; Kevin James, 1-2; Grant Hirneise, 1-3. LBSU: Troy Tulowitzki, 3-5, 2 HR, 2B, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs; Chuck Sindlinger, 3-4, HR, 2 RBI; Steve Velazco, 2-5; Sean Boatright, 2-4, 2B; Tito Cruz, 2-3; Scott Bradley, 2-4, 2 RBI; Evan Longoria, 1-5, HR, 2 RBI; Chris Jones, 1-4; Tom Sarti, 1-4.