Cal Baseball Defeats UCLA, 6-2
May 4, 2001
LOS ANGELES, CA - In an important conference game, California defeated UCLA, 6-2, Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bears improve to 28-22 overall and 12-10 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins fall to 26-21, 6-10 in league play. Cal's 12 conference wins is the Bears most league victories since the Pac-10 Southern Division and Northern Division merged in 1999.
Cal was led by the strong pitching of junior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson (5-6) and the hitting of John Baker (2-for-4, double, two-run homer), Ben Conley (3-for-5), Rob Meyer (1-for-3, two RBI) and Brad Smith (2-for-4, RBI). Hutchinson went 8.0 innings with 10 hits, only one earned run with one walk and two strikeouts. Freshman closer Matt Brown pitched the bottom of the ninth (no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) to secure the win.
Offensively, the Bears scored two runs in the top of the first off of UCLA starter Paul Diaz (3-2, 3.0 innings, four hits, five runs, one walk, two strikeouts) on a balk by Diaz and an RBI ground out by Meyer. Cal added three more runs in the third on an RBI single up the middle by Meyer and a two-run homer by Baker. The Bears added an insurance run in the fourth on an RBI ground out by Smith. Cal finished with 11 hits on day, including doubles by Conor Jackson, Baker, Clint Hoover and Jeff Dragicevich.
The Bears will next face UCLA in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Cal: Baker, two-run homer in the third inning.