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Stanislaus baseball defeats No. 25 CSUSB in 13 innings
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David Contreras raced around third to score the game-winner on a throwing error by Cal State San Bernardino shortstop Kyle Davis as the Warriors came from behind to beat the 25th ranked Coyotes, 4-3, in 13 innings.
In an early-season classic California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball contest, the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors out-lasted the first place CSUSB Coyotes to improve to 7-9 overall and 4-5 in conference play.
The Coyotes, winners of 11 of last 12 entering the weekend, fall to 11-3 overall and 11-2 in the CCAA.
After two ground outs to start the 13th inning for the Warriors, Contreras drew a walk and stole second to set up Corey Conflenti's at-bat. Conflenti then grounded to short, but Davis one-hopped his throw to first that first baseman Jordan Lowe could not handle, scoring Contreras from second to end the game.
Stanislaus junior Leonard Giammanco pitched another outstanding game in relief. He took over the mound in the eighth inning and finished the game for the win. He tossed 5 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball and struck out six to kept the Warriors in the game.
Against the high-power CSUSB offense, the Stanislaus pitching staff allowed just five hits. Starter Vinny Pacchetti gave up one earned run on four hits in seven strong innings of work. He struck out five but walked six batters. Phillip Quade also saw some action in the eighth and gave up two walks and a hit before being replaced by Giammanco.
Cal State San Bernardino took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run single by Cody Madison. The Warriors evened the score in the second when Casey Filkins tripled in Andrew Graves, who had led off the frame with a single. Filkins then scored on a Vince Hungerford grounder.
CSUSB regain the lead in the top of the fourth when Ethan Chapman scored on a sacrifice fly by Erik Ornelas. Chapman had tripled to right with one out.
The Warriors, however, stayed in the game after getting out of a jam in the eighth inning. In the home half of the eight, Conflenti's triple to left-center scored Contreras to tie the game.
The teams batted scoreless with four full innings with solid pitching. CSUSB starter Aaron Brooks pitched 10 innings and struck out 10.