Cal Baseball Defeats Arizona State, 9-5

April 19, 2002

MESA, AZ - Led by home runs from freshman third baseman David Nicholson and sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson, and the pitching of reliever Jesse Ingram, the Cal baseball team defeated Arizona State 9-5 Friday at Hohokam Park in Mesa, AZ. The Bears improve to 25-18 overall and 7-6 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils fall to 24-14, 8-5 in conference.

Playing at the Chicago Cubs' spring training facility because of renovations to ASU's Packard Stadium, Cal won an important Pac-10 game against conference-leading Arizona State. The Sun Devils scored a run in the third inning off of Bear starter Brent Hale (4.3 innings, four hits, one earned run, six walks, two strikeouts), but Cal came roaring back with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Key hits were an RBI double by Jackson and back-to-back RBI singles by junior catcher John Baker and Nicholson off of ASU starter Mike Esposito (6-5, 6.0 innings, nine hits, eight runs, no walks, five strikeouts).

Cal kept its distance from the Sun Devils by scoring two more runs in the sixth inning on a two-run homer by Nicholson and three-runs in the seventh on a three-run homer by Jackson. Nicholson finished the day 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, and Jackson was 2-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI. Baker, Carson White and Justin Nelson also had two hits apiece for the Bears.

The winning pitcher for the Bears was freshman reliever Jesse Ingram, the Pac-10 leader in appearances with 22, who improved his record to 4-2 by pitching 2.7 innings with two hits, no earned runs, one walk and one strikeout. Sophomore Brian Montalbo pitched the final two innings for Cal (two hits, two runs, three walks, three strikeouts).

The Bears will play the second game of the three-game series versus Arizona State Saturday, Apr. 20 at 6 p.m. at Hohokam Park in Mesa, AZ.

Home Runs:

Cal: Nicholson, two-run homer in the sixth inning. C. Jackson, three-run homer in the seventh inning.

Arizona State: None.

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