Cal Baseball Loses at UNLV, 10-5

Feb. 3, 2002

LAS VEGAS, NV - Plagued by giving up two big innings, the Cal baseball team (1-2) fell to host UNLV (2-1), 10-5, Sunday in the third game of the three-game series at Earl Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas. The Bears had won the first game of the series, 2-0, Friday night, but lost 4-2 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday.

Cal gave up six runs to the Rebels in the second inning and four runs in the sixth inning. The Bears had scored two runs in the top of the first on a two-run double by senior second baseman Carson White. UNLV came back in the bottom of the second when Cal's freshman starter Kyle Crist (0-1, 5.0 innings, three hits, six runs, five earned runs, four walks, eight strikeouts) walked the first two batters of the inning. Then later in the inning with the bases loaded, one out, and a run already scored on a fielder's choice, sophomore third baseman Conor Jackson threw wildly on a double play ball. Two runs scored on the throwing error, followed by a three-run homer by the Rebel's Garett Shitanishi to make the score 6-2.

The Bears got within 6-5 on a two-run homer by Jackson in the fifth inning and a lead-off homer by freshman right fielder Justin Nelson in the sixth inning. Unfortunately for Cal, UNLV scored four times in the bottom of the sixth off of Bear relievers Jesse Ingram (0.3 innings, one hit, three runs, one walk) and Matt Brown (1.7 innings, three hits, one run, no walks, two strikeouts).

Jackson led Cal at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Senior first baseman Derek Ayres went 2-for-3 with a double.

Cal will next host San Jose State, Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond, before hosting a three-game series versus Gonzaga, beginning Friday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Cal: Jackson, two-run homer in the fifth inning. Nelson, solo home run in the sixth inning.

UNLV: Shitanishi, three-run homer in the second inning.

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