Cal Baseball Loses to Pacific, 9-8, in 13 Innings
March 27, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Pacific left fielder Jason Walker hit a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning off of Cal reliever Matt Payne to lead the Tigers to a 9-8 13-inning victory over the Bears Tuesday at Evans Diamond. The Bears fall to 15-14 on the season, while Pacific improves to 16-15. It was Cal's eighth one-run loss of the year.
The winning pitcher for the Tigers was their fourth reliever Todd Culp (1-3, 4.0 innings, three hits, one run, four walks, three strikeouts). Payne, who was seeing his first action this season as a Bear, fell to 0-1 (3.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk, two strikeouts).
Cal squandered a lead that ruined an outstanding pitching performance from senior starter David Cash. Cash went 6.0 innings with three hits, one run, two walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts. The Bears had a 5-1 lead when Cash came out of the game. Freshman catcher Creighton Kahoalii hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Cal scored three times in the sixth on two Pacific wild pitches and an RBI single from freshman shortstop Jeff Dragicevich.
The Tigers came back and scored six times in the top of the seventh off of Bear relievers Ryan Lubner, Blake Read and Matt Brown on RBI singles by Travis Anderson and Walker, and a grand slam on an 0-3 count by Rick Morton. Down 7-5, Cal scored twice in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Clint Hoover and a fielder's choice RBI by Conor Jackson to send the game into extra innings. In the 10th, Marcus Steele hit a sacrifice fly for Pacific, but the Bears tied the game, 8-8, on a sacrifice fly by Ben Conley. Finally, the Tigers captured the game with Walker's homer in the 13th.
Walker had four hits and Morton went 3-for-6 with five RBI for Pacific. Dragicevich had three hits for Cal (3-for-6, RBI), while Kahoalii (2-for-4, HR, two RBI) and Derek Ayres (2-for-4, double) had two hits apiece for the Bears. Freshman Brian Horwitz had his hitting streak stop at a school-record 23 games and has now gotten a hit in 26 of the 28 games he's played in this season. Jackson was 1-for-5 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Cal will next travel to Seattle, WA for a three-game series versus Washington, Mar. 30-Apr. 1 at Husky Ballpark.
Pacific: Morton, grand slam in the seventh inning. Walker, solo home run in the 13th inning.
Cal: Kahoalii, two-run homer in the third inning.