Cal Baseball Tops Washington State, 5-4, in Second Game of Series

March 23, 2002

LEWISTON, ID - Paced by the pitching of Brian Montalbo and Matt Brown, and the hitting of Conor Jackson and David Weiner, the Cal baseball team defeated Washington State, 5-4 Saturday in the second game of a Pac-10 series at Harris Field in Lewiston, ID. The Bears improve to 18-11 (2-0) on the year and the Cougars go to 10-12 (0-2). Cal had won the first game of the series, 5-1, Friday.

Montalbo, a sophomore right-hander, improved his record to 3-3 by pitching 7.0 innings with seven hits, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Brown earned his fifth save of the season, throwing the last two innings (three hits, one run, one strikeout). He got the Cougars' Collin Henderson to ground out to shortstop Jeff Dragicevich with a runner on second in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. Brown already has 13 career saves, tied for fifth (with Jon Zuber, 189-92) on the Cal career saves list.

Sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson tied the game, 1-1, with a solo home run in the third inning off of WSU starter Brandon Hundt, who lost his first game of the year (4-1), pitching 6.0 innings with 10 hits, four earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts. The Bears scored two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI double by sophomore designated hitter David Weiner and an RBI single by senior second baseman Carson White. Cal added two more runs in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Weiner and an RBI double by Jackson.

White and Dragicevich also had two hits apiece for the Bears, with White hitting a double in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

Cal plays Washington State in the third game of the three-game conference series Sunday, Mar. 24 at 1 p.m. in Lewiston, ID (due to weather conditions in Pullman, WA).

Home Runs:

Cal: Jackson, solo home run in the third inning.

WSU: None.

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