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WILTSHIRE LEADS PILOTS PAST AGGIES IN
RIVER CITY OPENER

DAVIS, Calif. - Cory Wiltshire drove home the
winning run in the ninth inning and had two home
runs and five RBIs to lead Portland to an 11-10
victory over UC Davis on the opening day of the fifth
annual River City Classic at Dobbins Stadium
Wednesday afternoon.

The Aggies have now dropped two straight one-run
contest and fall to 6-5 on the season. The Pilots
defeated Utah Valley State in their first game to go
2-0 on the day and improve their overall record to
8-4.

Junior Jake Jefferies continues his hot hitting for
UC Davis as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a
home run and three RBIs. Fellow junior Grant
Hirneise and senior Ryan Royster also drove in two
runs apiece and scored a combined three runs.

Wiltshire finished the day with four hits in six at bats
to go with two runs scored, five RBIs and two home
runs. Eric Brown was the only other Pilot with
multiple runs batted in as he belted a two-RBI triple
in the sixth inning.

UC Davis lead 10-8 heading into the ninth inning
but gave up three runs to suffer the loss. Danny
Meier opened the inning with a solo home run to
right field to cut the lead to one, 10-9. Following a
dropped fly ball by the Aggie left fielder, the Pilots
got a single to center field and advanced on a
throwing error to get both runners into scoring
position. Whiltshire drove a single to left field to
bring home both runners before being thrown out at
second to end the inning.

Scott Burris pitched the final three innings to get his
first career win for Portland. Despite not giving up
an earned run, Justin Fitzgerald got the loss for UC
Davis. Eddie Gamboa started the game for the
Aggies and struck out eight batters in six innings to
earn the no decision.

The two teams exploded in the sixth inning and
combined to score 13 runs. Portland scored five in
the top half of the inning to briefly claim the lead at
6-2. The Aggies would score eight in the bottom
half to reclaim the lead at 10-6. Hirneise singled
home the first two runs and Jefferies hit a three-run
homer to right field to highlight the inning.

Portland held the lead after the first inning behind a
solo home run from Whiltshire. Royster hit a two-
run homer in the third inning to give UC Davis it's
first lead of the game. Whiltshire hit his second
home run, a two-run shot, in the eighth to cut the
lead to two.

The Aggies continue their homestand tomorrow
with a 2 p.m. game against San Jose State. It will
be the Aggies' second game of the River City
Classic and the eighth of a nine-game homestand.



Portland (8-4) 100 005 023 - 11 15 3 UC Davis (6-5) 002 008 000 - 10 9 5 Brennan Thrope, Ed Wakefield (6), Tyler Thompson (6), Scott Burris (7) and Eric Brown and Rocky Gale (6); Eddie Gamboa, Jeremy McChesney (7), Andy Suiter (8), Justin Fitzgerald (9) and Jake Jefferies. Win - Burris (1-0). Loss - Fitzgerald (1-1). Save - None. HITTERS: Portland - Riley Henricks, 2x6; Cory Wiltshire, 4x6, , 2 HR, 5 RBI; Bryant Kraus, 2x4; Paul Crowder, 2x4; Chase Powell, 1x5; Danny Meier, 2x4, HR, RBI; Eric Brown, 1x2; Kevin Armijo, 1x1. UC Davis - Ryan Royster, 2x4, HR, 2 RBI; Ty Kelly, 1x4; Jake Jefferies, 2x4, 3 RBI; Evan Hudson, 2x5, 2B; Grant Hirneise, 1x4, 2 RBI; Kyle Mihaylo, RBI; Matt Dempsey, 1x2, 2B.

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