Cal Baseball (19-11, 3-0) Defeats WSU, 6-5 in 10 Innings
March 25, 2002
LEWISTON, ID - Senior second baseman Carson White hit a two-out homer in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Cal baseball team to a 6-5 victory over Washington State Monday at Harris Field in Lewiston, ID. The Bears swept the Pac-10 series and improved to 19-11 (3-0) on the year. The Cougars fell to 10-13 (0-3). Cal had won the first game of the series, 5-1, Friday and the second game, 5-4, Saturday before Sunday's rain-out.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was sophomore reliever Matt Brown (3-1), who pitched the final 3.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and one strikeout. Brown had earned a save Saturday for Cal. The losing pitcher for WSU was reliever Billy Gorrell (2.0 innings, one hit, one run, one strikeout).
The Bears were fortunate to send the game into extra innings when WSU third baseman Jeff LaRue booted a ball hit by Jeff Dragicevich with two outs in the top of the ninth, allowing pinch runner Nick Medrano to score. After Brown got the Cougars out 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth, White hit his game-winning shot to straight center field in the top of the 10th. In the bottom of the 10th, LaRue hit a double to right center field, but Medrano made an accurate throw to White who threw out Bookie Gates at the plate. Then Brown got pinch hitter Robert Stahlke to line-out to first baseman Conor Jackson to end the game.
White finished the day 3-for-5 and continued his hitting streak to 14 games. Jackson hit his ninth home run of the season in the sixth inning and freshman left fielder Justin Nelson hit his fifth home run of the season in the third inning. Dragicevich was 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Cal next travels to USC for a three-game conference series, beginning Thursday, Mar. 28 at 6 p.m. atDedeaux Field in Los Angeles.
Cal: Nelson, solo home run in the third inning. Jackson, solo home run in the sixth inning. White, solo home run in the 10th inning.