Cal Baseball Defeats UCLA, 9-8, in 11 Innings
May 5, 2001
LOS ANGELES, CA - Sophomore left fielder Nick Medrano was walked by reliever Doug Silva with the bases loaded in the top of the 11th inning to help lead Cal to a 9-8 victory over UCLA Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bears improve to 29-22 overall and 13-10 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins fall to 26-22, 6-11 in league play. Cal's 13 conference wins puts the Bears in contention for postseason play. It was also Cal's 18th one-run game of the season and seventh extra-inning game.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was freshman closer Matt Brown (2-3), who pitched the final 3.0 innings with two hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts. The losing pitcher for UCLA was Mike Kunes (2.7 innings, two hits, one unearned run, one walk, two strikeouts).
There were several heroes for Cal as the game went back and forth. The Bears scored four runs in the top of the first behind a wild pitch by Bruin starter Bobby Roe (6.3 innings, 10 hits, six earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts), a two-run double by Carson White and an RBI single by Clint Hoover. UCLA countered with a solo home run by Matt Pearl off of Jason Dennis (4.3 innings, eight hits, six runs, one walk, three strikeouts) in the bottom of the first. Cal added a run in the top of the fifth on a RBI single by John Baker, but then ran into problems in the bottom of the fifth. The Bruins went through 11 batters in the fifth as the Bears gave up six runs, including walking batters with the bases loaded three times before getting out of the inning with a double play.
Down 7-5 going into the seventh inning, Cal was able to take an 8-7 lead behind an RBI double by White and a two-run single by Hoover. The Bears held the 8-7 advantage until UCLA's Ben Francisco hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth off of Brown to send the game into extra-innings. But, Brown settled down and was able to hold off the Bruins, despite having runners in scoring position in both the 10th and 11th innings. Brown was also helped by an outstanding diving catch by Rob Meyer in the 10th inning.
Baker finished the day 3-for-5 with an RBI, White (2-for-6) and Hoover (3-for-5) had three RBI apiece and Conley and Meyer had two hits apiece.
The Bears will next face UCLA in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
UCLA: Pearl, solo home run in the first inning. Francisco, solo home run in the ninth inning.