Cal State Stanislaus ace Marquis Fleming took his first loss since March 29 as the Warriors fell to Sonoma State 5-1 in the opener of the California Collegiate Athletic Association baseball tournament Thursday in Chico.
Fleming (11-4) had a no-hitter through 4ª innings of a scoreless pitchers' duel before it fell apart.
David Adler chopped a single over Fleming's head for a single.
The Seawolves (43-12) followed with two infield singles, one off the glove of a diving Adam Fonville at first base. All three baserunners scored thanks to a sacrifice fly by Ian Bridges and a two-RBI single by Konrad Thieme to give Sonoma State a 3-0 lead.
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Sonoma scored two runs in the seventh for a 5-0 lead; Stanislaus scored in the eighth.
The Warriors (36-20) play today at 11 a.m. against the loser of the Chico State-UC San Diego game.
Stanislaus also opened the 2003 CCAA tournament in Chico with a loss to Sonoma State. In that game, the Warriors led 1-0 before the Seawolves scored twice in the bottom of the ninth.
On Thursday, Seawolves starter Matt Means pitched seven strong innings, scattering five hits and giving up one run while striking out four to move his record to 8-1. Travis Babin entered in relief and threw two strong innings to put away the game.
The Warriors scored in the eighth after Kyle Loretelli led off with a walk and Jacob Thelen hit an RBI double into the left-field corner.
Fonville continued his recent hot streak by going 3 for 4 with a double.
Today's game will be broadcast online at warriorathletics.com beginning at 11. Live stats of the game also will be available.