Cal Baseball Comes From Behind to Defeat Santa Clara, 10-7
Feb. 12, 2002
SANTA CLARA, CA - Down 7-5, Cal scored five runs in the top of the ninth to defeat host Santa Clara, 10-7, Tuesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Cal improved to 4-4 on the year, while the Broncos fell to 3-5.
The Bears received clutch hitting from several hitters in the ninth. With one out, pinch hitter Chris Grossman hit a single to left field off of Santa Clara reliever Joe Diefenderfer (1-2, 1.3 innings four hits, two earned runs, no walks, three strikeouts). Freshman David Nicholson and sophomore Ben Conley followed with solid hits with Conley knocking in pinch runner Nick Medrano and scoring Nicholson on a fielding error by the Santa Clara left fielder.
Then with two outs, sophomore third baseman Conor Jackson hit a hard single up the middle off of the Broncos Grant Feichtmeir, scoring Conley. After a walk to Carson White and an error by the Santa Clara shortstop, the final runs of the inning came when pinch hitter Brad Smith hit a key two run ball up the middle.
The winning pitcher for Cal was redshirt freshman reliever Jesse Ingram (1-2), who came in in the sixth inning and pitched 3.3 innings with three hits, two runs, three walks and seven strikeouts. Nicholson was the Bears top hitter, going 3-for-5 with two RBI. Junior catcher John Baker hit a triple to center field in the eighth inning.
Cal will next host a three-game series versus Long Beach State beginning Friday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Santa Clara: None.