Baseball Blasts California, 18-9
April 13, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif.- The Arizona baseball team scored 10 runs in the first inning and added eight more in the game as it cruised to a 18-9 victory over California at Evans Diamond on Staurday afternoon. The victory improves Arizona's record to 24-14 for the season and 5-6 in conference play. The victory ensures the Wildcats of a series win, their first of the season in conference play. The loss drops Cal to 22-18 and 5-6 in the Pac-10.
Brian Anderson tallied all five of his RBIs in the game in the first inning on a run single that opened the scoring barage and his second grand slam of the season that capped the 10-run inning. The bases loaded homer was the fifth of the year for the Wildcats, establishing a new school record for grand slams in a single season. California's pitching did the rest, giving up the four more runs in the inning on bases loaded walks.
California answered with three of its own in the bottom half of the first on John Baker's three-run homer to right. The blast ignited sparks between the two teams as tempers raised and both benches spilled onto the field. As calm restored, starter Marc Kaiser ended the inning by striking out David Nicholson looking.
Kaiser led off the top of the second with a solo shot to left field for an 11-3 Wildcat lead, but was ejected from the game shortly thereafter for exchanging words with Baker at home plate. After calm was again restored, Pat Reilly doubled to to right field in the next at-bat. Freshman John Hardy followed and drilled Mike White's 1-2 offering over the left field fence for a two-run homer and a 13-3 Arizona lead.
The Wildcats tallied another lone run in the top of the third on a run-scoring double off the bat of Reilly to plate Ken Riley from second for a 14-3 lead.
California scored two in the bottom of the third and one in the fourth to cut the Arizona lead to 14-6, but the Wildcats answered with two in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by Chris Cunningham and an ground ball error off the bat of Justyn St. Clair to put the game well out of reach.
Reliever Chris Goodman (3-2) picked up his third win of the season on the mound. The sophomore right-hander gave up five runs, only three of which were earned, in four innings out of the the bullpen. Freshman Jason Snyder tossed the final four innings to close out the win for the Wildcats.
Offensively eight of the Wildcats' 14 hits in the game went for extra bases, including four home runs. Reilly and Anderson paced the Arizona lineup with three hits each. Anderson finished with five RBIs and Reilly two. All nine starters for Arizona scored and drove in at least one run apiece.
The two schools will meet for the third and final game of the series on Sunday. Joe Little will take the mound for the Wildcats in the contest which is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch.