Cal Baseball Sweeps Loyola Marymount With 4-2 victory
Feb. 9, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - Senior left fielder Ben Conley hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and lead Cal to a 4-2 victory over Loyola Marymount Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improved their record to 5-2, while the Lions fell to 0-3. Cal ended up sweeping the series, winning 5-4 on Friday and 11-6 on Saturday. It was the Bears' first series sweep since winning three over Oregon State, May 10-12, 2002 at Evans Diamond.
The winning pitcher for Cal was sophomore closer Jesse Ingram (2-0), who picked up his second win of the series, pitching the final 1.7 innings with two hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Loyola Marymount was reliever Kyle Huddy (0-1, 1.7 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts). The Bears also received strong pitching from sophomore starter Brent Hale (5.0 innings, four hits, no earned runs, two walks, career-high seven strikeouts) and relievers Aaron Swick (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts) and Travis Talbott (one batter, one out).
Huddy caused his demise in the eighth inning by hitting lead-off batter Scott Cheo. James Holder then sacrificed pinch runner Nick Medrano to second. The Lions followed with an intentional walk of David Nicholson. After Nicholson and Medrano had a successful double steal, Conley knocked in the game-winning RBIs.
'This was an important sweep over a quality opponent,' said Cal coach David Esquer. 'Loyola Marymount is a very good team and I wouldn't be surprise to see them in a NCAA Regional at the end of the year. We played well this weekend.'
Leading hitters for Cal were freshman shortstop Allen Craig (3-for-5, double), junior catcher Chris Grossman (2-for-3) and sophomore first baseman James Holder (2-for-2, two doubles). Chris Pettit went 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI for Loyola Marymount.
The Bears will next host San Jose State, Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Loyola Marymount: None.