May 17, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Blake Nelson drove in four runs and the Dons stole a season-high nine bases as the University of San Francisco defeated UC Davis 11-4 in a nonconference ball game Tuesday afternoon in a soggy Dobbins Stadium.
With the loss the Aggies drop to 23-26 on the season while USF improves to 37-16 and sweeps the four-game series against UC Davis.
USF wasted little time getting on the board, putting up three runs in the top of the first. Daniel Morales drove in the first with an RBI single to left, followed by a Stefan Gartrell sacrifice fly and a Nelson RBI double. Nelson's double also chased Aggie starter Paul Gonzales, who worked just 2/3 of an inning, allowing three earned runs.
The Aggies got one run back in the bottom of the third as Kyle Irving drove a 2-1 pitch deep over the left field fence for his first home run of the year. Eddie Gamboa, who came on in the first to relieve Gonzales, held the Dons down until the fifth when Jonnie Knoble and Tavo Hall opened the inning with back-to-back doubles, extending the lead to 4-1. After Hall stole third, his third steal of the game, Morales got him home on a foul out deep to left.
The Dons broke the game wide open in the seventh with six runs, the big blow a Blake Nelson three-run triple to the gap in right center. The Aggies added a run in the bottom of the seventh as Grant Hirneise's single up the middle scored Aaron Hanke, who reached on a one-out double to left. UC Davis then closed out the scoring in the ninth as Irving drove home Hanke with a single to right. On the play Don rightfielder Stefan Gartrell misplayed the ball, allowing Jimmy Goetz to score all the way from first.
For the game USF pounded out 15 hits, three from Royce Fukuroku and two each from Nelson, Knoble and Lucas DeLong. Hall had three of the nine stolen bases while Knoble and Scott Cousins each had two.
For the Aggies, Irving had two of UC Davis' seven hits while Hanke had a double and two runs scored. Gonzales, on of six Aggie pitchers on the day, suffered the loss and moved to 1-3 this season. Don starter Tony Biale worked the first four innings as he improved to 5-3 on the year. Three other USF pitchers worked in the contest.
UC Davis is next in action this Friday when it begins a three-game series against Cal State Northridge. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.