Cal Baseball Defeats Pacific, 6-5
Feb. 13, 2001
STOCKTON, CA - An error by Pacific in the top of the ninth inning enabled California to pull out a 6-5 win over the Tigers Tuesday night at Billy Hebert Field in Stockton. The Bears improve to 5-2 on the season, while Pacific goes to 5-5.
With the score tied 5-5, Cal's freshman pinch hitter Brian Horwitz led off the top of the ninth with a double down the right field line off of Tiger reliever Matthew Pena (1-1). Pena was able to get the next two batters to strikeout before yielding a full count walk to junior second baseman Carson White. Senior right fielder Rob Meyer followed with a hard-hit single to the right side. Horwitz rounded third base too far and was caught in a run down between third base and home when Pacific catcher Travis Anderson's throw was misplayed by Tiger third baseman Marcus Steele, allowing Horwitz to score.
Senior David Cash was able to come in and get Pacific out in order in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the year. The winning pitcher for Cal was freshman Matt Brown (1-0), who came in in the eighth, but gave up a two-run homer to Rick Morton to tie the game, 5-5. Earlier fellow Bear freshman Brian Montalbo was impressive, coming in in the fourth inning and pitching 4.0 innings with one hit (solo homer to Morton), two walks and a career-high seven strikeouts. Senior Andrew Sproul started the game for Cal (3.0 innings, three hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout).
At the plate, the Bears were led by Meyer, sophomore shortstop Brent Cook and freshmen Chris Grossman and Creighton Kahoalii. Besides getting his clutch hit in the ninth, Meyer was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Cook was 2-for-3 with a triple, Grossman was 2-for-5 with his first collegiate home run in the eighth inning and Kahoalii was 1-for-3 with his first collegiate home run in the third inning.
Cal will next travel to Loyola Marymount for a three-game series Feb. 16-18 in Los Angeles, CA.
Home Runs:Cal: Kahoalii, solo home run in the third. Meyer, two-run homer in the fourth. Grossman, solo home run in the eighth
Pacific: Morton, solo home run in the seventh. Morton, two-run homer in the eighth.