May 2, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Jim Rapoport reached base six times, five by walks, while three Cardinal pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as Stanford defeated UC Davis 8-0 in a nonconference baseball game Monday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies drop their eighth straight contest and fall to 21-22, the first tiem they have been below .500 since March 4.
Once again the Aggie bats were silent as they were shutout for the third time in the last four games. They have not had more than five hits in either of their last four games and have just scored one run in that stretch.
Stanford busted out in the top of the first as following a leadoff walk, Adam Sorgi drilled a triple to right then came home to score on Jed Lowrie's RBI single, making it 2-0.
It looked as though the Aggies might match Stanford early on as the first two batters, Brandon Oliver and Daniel Descalso, both singled in the first. But a double play and another infield out stalled the rally as UC Davis managed just one hit the rest of the way.
The Cardinal added a single run in the fourth as with two outs Adam Sorgi's infield single to short brought home Chris Miaker.then broke the game open with a four-run fifth. Michael Taylor plated the first run with an RBI double to right center then came home behind John Hester on Brendan Domaracki's two-run single up the middle. Jim Rapaport closed out the scoring in the fifth with an RBI double to left, extending the lead to 7-0.
Sorgi drove in his second run of the afternoon on a sacrifice fly to right in the seventh inning, scoring Minaker to make it 8-0.
Jeff Gilmore picked up the win after working three scoreless innings, allowing all three Aggie hits. Mark Romanczuk was the most effective Cardinal pitcher, working four innings of no-hit ball while striking out seven, but Gilmore gets the victory due to the controlled start.
Paul Gonzales took the loss for UC Davis after going four-plus innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. In addition to Oliver and Descalso, Grant Hirneise had the other Aggie hit, a double to lead off the second.
Rapoport ended his afternoon with just one official at-bat, lining a double to left, to go with his five walks. Sorgi was one of four Cardinal players with two hits, ending his day with three RBI while Domaracki also had a pair of RBI.
"We didn't give ourselves a chance today," said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. "We're a young team and we have a lot to learn. I think the last 10 days have been an eye-opening experience."
With Monday's game against Stanford the Aggie completed a stretch where they have face the nation's No.2 and No.11, Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State, respectively, in three-game series, along with No.24 Stanford, over the last 11 days.
UC Davis is next in action on Friday when it begins a three-game series against UC Riverside at Dobbins Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.