May 23, 2009
DAVIS, Calif. - A three-run bottom of the ninth inning effort by the UC Davis Aggies (12-42, 4-19 BWC) snatched what would have been a come-from-behind victory for the Cal State Northridge Matadors (24-31, 7-16 BWC) Saturday afternoon.
Having given up two runs to the Aggies in the bottom of the first inning, an another run in the Davis-half of the third, the Matadors were finally able to break through on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning.
Justin DeMarco drew a four-pitch walk to lead-off the inning, and placed himself in scoring position when he stole second base. the third baseman would eventually reach third base on a fielding error by Aggie second baseman Scott Heylman before scoring on a balk from Davis pitcher Adam Bennett.
The Davis lead would completely disappear on one swing of the bat from Ryan Pineda in the eighth inning when he blasted his tenth home run of the season down the left-field line to drive in three runs and take a 4-3 lead.
Prior to Pineda's shot, Richard Cates led off the inning with a walk, and was soon joined by DeMarco when he successfully singled through the right side of the infield to put Cates in scoring position.
The lead was the Matador's firs of the game, an advantage that would be short lived.
In the bottom of the eighth inning the Aggies were able to place the tying runs in scoring position when Aggie right-fielder Ryan Scoma led off with a single to left field, followed by a double to the power alley in right-centerfield from the bat of Aggie centerfield Kyle Mihalyo.
With Aggies on second and third base, with zero outs in the inning, Aggie designated hitter reached on a fielder's choice when Scoma was thrown out at home by Cates to preserve the Matador lead, and secure the first out of the inning.
Northridge RHP Bryan Harper, who originally entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, was able to strikeout Aggie catcher Joseph Medeiros for the second out of the inning.
RHP Jimmy Jolicoer then entered the game with two outs in the inning and forced a pop-up fly ball that was caught in foul territory by Matador cather Chris Hannick to end the inning, and keep CSUN's two-run lead intact.
Tha advantage would disappear the very next inning on a combination of back-to-back singles hit by the heart of the Davis lineup, with a Matador error committed to keep the inning alive.
With runners on second and first, pinch-hitter Eric Johnson sent the Aggie fans home happy as his single through the left side of the infield narrowly escaped the clutches of a diving Jason Dabbs, enabling the winning run to score.
Both teams will return to Dobbins Field for the final game of the 2009 season. Sunday's rubber match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. with RHP Billy Ott looking to end the season on a winning note for Northridge.
Matadors 000 001 040 - 5 6 1
UC Davis 201 000 003 - 6 14 3
Win - Briner (2-5) Loss - Slover (4-4) Save - None
T - 3:37 A - 202