Cal Baseball Loses to Virginia Commonwealth, 11-2, at NCAA Regional
May 27, 2001
BATON ROUGE, LA - Cal's 2001 season came to end as the No. 3 seeded Golden Bears lost to No. 2 seed Virginia Commonwealth, 11-2, in the Bears second game of Day Two of the NCAA Regional at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. Cal, which finished the year 34-25 overall, had eliminated No. 4 seed Minnesota, 9-3, Saturday morning, but could not top the Rams (40-18) in an evening game that was delayed nearly two hours due to lightning and ended at 12:14 a.m. The Bears had lost to VCU, 9-7, on Friday.
Cal started Saturday night's game on a high note as senior right fielder Rob Meyer hit a solo home run in the first inning to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. But, that was about Cal's only highlight as VCU scored 11 runs on 14 hits against six different Bear pitchers. Cal scored its second run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double by senior first baseman Clint Hoover, scoring Nick Medrano. It was Hoover's 157th career RBI, placing him fourth on the Cal all-time career RBI list.
The winning pitcher for the Rams was Marc Fisher (7-5), who threw a complete game with seven hits, one earned run, one walk and a career-high 14 strikeouts. The losing pitcher was Cal freshman starter Brian Montalbo (4-1, 2.3 innings, four hits, five runs, four walks, three strikeouts).
Meyer was outstanding during his three games at the Baton Rouge Regional, going 6-for-12 with three home runs and seven RBI. He finished the season as the Bears leading hitter, batting .355 with six doubles, 10 home runs and 44 RBI.
Led by head coach David Esquer, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Cal qualified for the NCAA postseason play for the first time since 1995. The Bears 34 wins were also the most single season victories since 1992 when Cal placed seventh at the College World Series. The Bears 4.29 team pitching ERA was the lowest team ERA since 1989. Cal now has a 32-17 all-time record in postseason play.
Cal: Meyer, solo home run in the first inning.
Virginia Commonwealth: None.