Cal Baseball Shutout By Gonzaga, 7-0
Feb. 9, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - Gonzaga avenged a 10-2 loss Friday by shutting out California, 7-0, Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Bulldogs broke away from a 2-0 lead by scoring three runs in the eighth inning on two home runs and then added on two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Gonzaga improved to 2-3, while the Bears fell to 2-4.
Cal was not able to take advantage of several scoring opportunities, outhitting the Bulldogs, 9-8, but leaving nine runners on base. The Bears also were hurt when they hit into a triple play in the first inning and a double play in the second inning. Gonzaga scored a run off of Cal starter Brian Montalbo (0-1, 7.0 innings, five hits, one earned run, no walks, six strikeouts) on an RBI double by Jeff Culpepper. The Bulldogs added another run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Brian Munhall.
Gonzaga finally controlled the game when Nate Gold hit a solo home run and Garth Blumberg hit a two-run homer off of Bear freshman reliever Brent Hale in the eighth inning.
The winning pitcher for the Bulldogs was reliever Eric Dworkis (2-0), who came in in the fifth inning and pitched 4.3 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. The leading hitter for Cal was sophomore shortstop Jeff Dragicevich, who went 2-for-3.
Cal will host the third game of the three-game series versus Gonzaga, Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Gonzaga: Gold, solo home run in the eighth inning. Blumberg, two-run homer in the eighth inning.