Solid Pitching Leads Cal To Series Win Over ASU With 9-3 Victory

April 21, 2002

MESA, Ariz. -- California starting pitcher Matt Brown scattered seven hitsand three runs in seven and two-thirds innings to lead the Golden Bears toa 9-3 victory over 14th-ranked Arizona State Sunday afternoon at HohokamStadium. The win clinched a series win for the Golden Bears, who also tookthe series opener 9-5 Friday night.

Already 40 games into the 2002 season, Arizona State drops to 25-15 on theyear and are 9-6 in Pac-10 play. The loss also put an end to ASU's streakof eight consecutive Pac-10 series victories. California improves to 26-19overall and are a game above .500 in conference play at 8-7.

Brown, the reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, improved to 5-1 on the yearby earning the victory on the mound for the Golden Bears. Brown, who threwa complete-game, one-run victory over Arizona last Sunday, limited ASU toseven hits and three runs in his 7.2 innings Sunday. He struck out eightbatters and did not issue a walk. Reliever Jesse Ingram, the winner inFriday's game, closed out the victory with one and a third scoreless innings.

Arizona State starting pitcher Robbie McClellan was saddled with the lossto fall to 7-3 on the year and earned his first loss in a starting role tofall to 5-1. McClellan gave up five runs (all in the first inning), withonly two of those being earned. He struck out three and walked two beforeleaving the game in the fifth inning.

The Sun Devil bullpen, comprising of Josh Perrault, Mark Sopko, J.J.Jackson and Bryce Kartler was touched up for four runs and eight hits infive innings. Kartler bounced back from recent rough outings, allowing onlythree hits and one run in three innings.

Two fielding errors and a huge three-run home run from sophomore firstbaseman Conor Jackson put the Golden Bears out to an early 5-0 lead aftertheir first at-bat. For Jackson it was his third home run of the series andnow with home runs in four consecutive games has a Pac-10 leading 15 on theyear.

Arizona State kept its NCAA record 415-game scoring streak alive with asingle tally in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore right fielder AndreEthier drilled a one-out double to the left field gap to score freshmanshortstop Dustin Pedroia.

The Golden Bears extended their lead to 8-1with a run in the sixth and twomore in the seventh off the ASU bullpen. The Sun Devils finally solvedBrown with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth. Pedroia plated a runon a ground out and sophomore designated hitter Steve Garrabrants broughthome a run on a ground-rule double.

Senior second baseman Sergio Garcia was 2-for-4 in the loss to record ASU'sonly multi-hit effort. Garrabrants was ASU's best performer in the series,going 4-for-10 with four walks in the three games vs. the Bears.

Jackson capped a stellar weekend at the plate with a 2-for-4, three-RBIgame. The sophomore hit .462 (6x13) in the three games with three homeruns, five runs scored and eight RBI. Catcher John Baker added a 3-for-5game Sunday and finished the series hitting .538 (7x13).

ASU will now take a three-week break from Pac-10 play, returning toconference action May 10-12 with a three-game series at Stanford. The SunDevils will travel to Oklahoma City for a 7 p.m. game Wednesday against theOklahoma Sooners at Southwestern Bricktown Ballpark, the Triple-A home ofthe Oklahoma Redhawks. ASU will then play a two-game series in South Bend,Ind., against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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