May 2, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Tyler LaTorre hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the 12th inning as UC Davis defeated Cal Poly Pomona, 6-4, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball game at Dobbins Stadium that included two rain delays totaling one hour and nine minutes.
With the win the Aggies improve to 30-19 overall, 23-13 in CCAA play while the Broncos fall to 14-38, 9-28 in conference action.
After a scoreless four innings, UC Davis finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth just as the rain began to pick up. With two outs, Ryan Coultas doubled home Mark Wells, who led off the frame with a single. The next batter, Matt Kamigawachi, drilled a double off the left field fence, scoring Coultas and pushing the Aggie lead to 2-0.
In the sixth, the Broncos tied the score as Matt Stevens drilled a two-run home run over the right field fence, scoring Victor Yoshida. Pomona took the lead in the seventh as Chase Stroupe led off with a single to right that Aggie right fielder Dustin Soderman misplayed, allowing Stroupe to advance to third on the two-base error. Stroupe then scored on a wild pitch from Dave McKae as the Broncos led 3-2.
In the bottom of the seventh the Aggies looked to be down to their last batter as the rain intensified. With two outs and runners on first and second, Kamigawachi lined a 1-2 pitch up the middle, scoring Wells and tying the game at 3-3. Immediately following, the game was delayed for 54 minutes as the tarp was placed over the infield.
When play resumed, Bronco right-hander Chris Sotro relieved starter Taylor Wilding and retired David Butterworth to end the seventh, stranding two runners.
UC Davis a chance to end the game in the ninth as Tulk led off with a walk. Following a Coultas sacrifice, the rally stalled as Sotro retired the next two batters to force extra innings.
After Pomona went ahead in the 10th on a James Nepa RBI single, the Aggies tied it up at 4-4 as Dustin Soderman connected for his second home run of the season, a leadoff shot down the right field line. Pomona had a chance to get more in the 10th but Kyle Irving threw out Benny Winslow trying to score on a fly ball to right to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 12th, the Aggies mounted a two-out rally. With no one on, Soderman singled to left before LaTorre hit his first home run of the season, a towering blast deep over the right field fence to win the game.
"We just kept grinding all game and Tyler got every bit of a hanging breaking ball," said Aggie Head Coach Rex Peters. "It was one of those games where you have to keep plugging away until you get a break. We made some big plays, especially Kyle Irving's throw in the 10th. If he is safe on the play, we don't win the game."
These same two teams are scheduled for a noon doubleheader on Saturday at Dobbins Stadium.
UC DAVIS BASEBALL
Cal Poly Pomona (14-38, 9-28) 000 002 100 100 - 4 13 0
UC Davis (30-19, 23-13) 000 020 100 102 - 6 14 1
WP - Joel Needham (2-0). Chris Sotro (1-5). UC Davis: Dave McKae, Travis Bearden (8), Joel Needham (10) and Andrew Reisinger. CPP: Taylor Wilding, Chris Sotro (7) and James Nepa.
TOP HITTERS: UC Davis: Dustin Soderman, 3-5, HR, 2 Runs, RBI; Matt Kamigawachi, 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Ryan Coultas, 2-4, 2B, RBI; Mark Wells, 2-4, Run; Tyler LaTorre, 1-2, HR, 2RBI; Ross Warner, 1-4; David Butterworth, 1-6; Andrew Reisinger, 1-6; Matt Blankenheim, 1-4. CPP: Chase Stroupe, 3-5, Run; Jason Stuck, 2-5; Andy Gonzales, 2-2, Run; Victor Yoshida, 2-4, Run; Matt Stevens, 1-5, HR, 2RBI; James Nepa, 1-5, RBI; Benny Winslow, 1-2; Kenny McCarthy, 1-4.