Cal Baseball Defeats No. 21 Long Beach State, 4-3
Feb. 17, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - Senior second baseman Carson White knocked in the game-winning RBI with no outs in the bottom of the ninth to lead Cal to a 4-3 victory over Long Beach State Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improved to 5-6, while the No. 21 ranked 49ers fell to 4-2. Long Beach State captured the series 2-1, defeating Cal, 8-1, Friday and 9-0 Saturday.
Freshman center fielder David Nicholson started off the bottom of the ninth for Cal with a single off of 49er reliever Chris Demaria (0-1, 0.3 innings, two hits, one run) and advanced to second on an error by Long Beach State shortstop Kevin Randel. David Weiner advanced Nicholson to third with a bunt and then White won the game with a ball hit over 49er right fielder Nick Covarrubias.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was reliever Jesse Ingram (2-2), who pitched 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and a strikeout. Ingram had replaced Cal starter Matt Brown (7.0 innings, eighth hits, three runs, two walks, one strikeout).
Cal was down 3-0, but sophomore shortstop Jeff Dragicevich got the Bears within 3-2 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Cal tied the game, 3-3, in the seventh on an RBI single by sophomore third baseman Conor Jackson.
The leading hitters for the Bears were White and sophomore designated hitter David Weiner with two hits apiece. Covarrubias had two hits for the 49ers.
'This was a huge win for us,' said Cal coach David Esquer. 'Matt Brown did a great job for us and gave us a chance to win. He kept us in the ballgame. We did a good job of hanging in there. So far this season we have had some poor performances, and some bad luck, but we need to continue to play better and make our own luck.'
Cal next travels to San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m., before hosting a three-game series versus Boston College, beginning Friday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Long Beach State: None.
Cal: Dragicevich, two-run homer in the fourth inning.