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Davis ties hits record in season finale loss
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Eli Davis surpassed the Stanislaus' Division II record for hits in a season, however, Chico State spoiled the Warriors' Senior Day in a 5-4 10-inning decision on Sunday.
Davis went 2-for-3 with two doubles and made several spectacular diving plays in centerfield, to finish the season with 79 hits. That feat surpassed Kyle Loretelli's 2008 mark during the Division II era and tied Cal State Stanislaus' all-time school record, which was held by Rusty Kuntz set in 1977.
Chico State, though, tied the game in the eighth on a two-run homer and scored on a bases loaded fly ball in the 10th for the win to earn a share of the CCAA regular-season title. The Wildcats are 36-14 and 26-14 in the CCAA to tie UC San Diego.
Cal State Stanislaus completes its season 27-23 overall and 20-20 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Davis also finished the season with a .399 batting average, which is now the best by a Warrior centerfielder. It is the best average by any Warrior since Tony Scognamiglio batted .405 in 2006.
After Chico State took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, Joe Medeiros delivered a two-out single through the right side to score Ross Gonsalves and Davis to tie the game a 2-2 in the third.
Medeiros came up big again in the fifth inning with a two-run double to center that scored Justin Manci and Davis to give Stanislaus a 4-2 lead. Medeiros ended up 2-for-5 with four runs batted in.
Chico, however, tied the game in the eighth on a two-run homer to left by Blake Gibbs.
In the top of the 10th, Chico State worked the bases loaded on a single, intentional walk and a hit-batter with one out. Eric Angerer sent home the go-ahead run on a deep fly to center.
The loss spoiled a festive day at Warrior Baseball Field with friends and family of 10 seniors. Senior Keith McDaniels turned in a fine outing in his last start. McDaniels went seven innings and gave up just two runs - one earned - on three hits with six strikeouts. Anthony Gotelli pitched the last two-plus innings and picked up the loss but gave up just two hits.
DJ Arellano and Garrett Wright, both also seniors, each had two hits in the game.
Chico State closer Mike Botelho earned his 12 save by retiring the side in order in the home half of the 10th. Morgan Yee was the winner as he improved to 4-0.