CS Stanislaus 7
Azusa Pacific 6
TURLOCK, Calif. -- CS Stanislaus scored 3 runs in its final at-bat to steal a 7-6 come-from-behind win over Azusa Pacific in a wild affair Friday afternoon in Turlock.
The loss drops the Cougars to 0-1. It was the Warriors’ season-opener.
The Cougars played catch-up all day as they fell behind 4-1 after giving up 2 unearned runs in the fifth. However, keyed by back-to-back doubles by Coba Canales and Scott Hodsdon and an RBI single by Stephen Vogt, the Cougars cut the gap to 4-3 in the seventh.
Cougar reliever Buddy McNeill kept the Cougars in the game as he threw 2 scoreless innings, setting up the Cougar ninth in which they scored 3 to take a 6-4 lead. With one out, Hodson and Vogt drew consecutive walks. Jeff Staniland followed with an RBI single, and after John Ray flew out, Nick Pursell singled for his third hit of the day to load the bases.
Chris Cardinale walked to force in the go-ahead run, and Nate Leiser was hit to seemingly give the Cougars an insurance run.
The Warriors wasted no time getting their game-winning rally started as they led off the ninth with a single by Tony Marx and walk by Jesus Fernandez off closer Jason Madsen. After a sacrifice bunt, Madsen induced an RBI groundout to second to get the Cougars within one out. However, an RBI single by Jeff Bellotti tied the game at 6-6, and R.J. Roach drove in Bellotti with the game-winning double.
After working a flawless ninth in Wednesday’s season-opening win over Cal Poly Pomona, Madsen was roughed up for 3 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning to suffer his first collegiate loss.
Jason Ray started and gave up just 1 hit and 1 unearned run in 3.1 innings, but he did surrender 6 walks, hit one batter, unloaded 2 wild pitches and committed a balk. Johnny Soberal relieved him and threw 2.2 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 unearned runs.
Just 2 days after seeing his 30-game hitting streak come to an end Vogt finished 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Pursell and Cardinale were both 3-for-4 as well. Staniland and Hodsdon each finished with 2 hits, while Hodsdon scored 3 times. Both teams left 12 runners on base.
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat after Chad Rolen walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a balk and scored on a passed ball. The Cougars tied it at 1-1 in the third on an RBI-double by Vogt, but CSUS re-took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Marx walked, moved to third on a double by Fernandez and later scored on a wild pitch.