Cal Baseball Loses at San Francisco, 8-7 in 11 Innings
April 30, 2002
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - For the second game in a row, the Cal baseball team lost in 11 innings, this time 8-7 Tuesday at San Francisco. The Bears go to 26-23 overall, while the Dons improve to 14-35. Last Sunday, Cal fell to Washington, 10-7 in 11 innings, at Evans Diamond.
USF pinch hitter Blaine Umeda hit a single to right center field off of Bear reliever Creighton Kahoalii in the bottom of the 11th, scoring Joe Jacobitz with the winning run. Kahoalii (0-1), who is normally a catcher for Cal, pitched a career-high 3.3 innings with four hits, one earned run, four walks and a career-high six strikeouts. The tying run in the bottom of the 11th came of a bloop single by Alfonso Valdez, scoring Armand Gaerlan. Gaerlan had reached base as the lead-off batter of the inning on a disputed strikeout-passed ball that the Bears maintained was a foul ball.
Cal had an outstanding chance of winning the game when right fielder Brian Horwitz threw out USF's Royce Fukuroku at home plate in the bottom of the 10th to keep the game tied at 6-6. Then Carson White hit a go ahead home run off winning pitcher Jeremy Kinney (3-4, 3.7 innings, two hits, one run, three walks, two strikeouts) in the top of the 11th to give the Bears a 7-6 lead.
White, David Weiner, Conor Jackson, John Baker and Jeff Dragicevich had two hits a piece for Cal, who has now lost four games in a row. Junior outfielder Brad Smith hit a solo home run for the Bears in the second inning.
The Bears will next play a three-game Pac-10 series at Stanford, beginning Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Cal: Smith, solo home run in the second inning. White, solo home run in the 11th inning.
San Francisco: Booth, solo home run in the third inning.