No. 25 Cal Baseball Loses to No. 8 Long Beach State, 6-1
Feb. 23, 2003
LONG BEACH, CA - No. 8 ranked Long Beach State scored six runs in the seventh and eight inning to defeat No. 25 Cal, 6-1, Sunday at Blair Field in Long Beach. The Bears fell to 10-5 overall, while Long Beach State improved to 8-4. Cal had lost to the 49ers, 1-0, Friday night, and defeated Long Beach State, 6-3, Saturday.
The Bears let an opportunity to win the series slip by. Sophomore right-hander Kyle Crist was outstanding in shutting out the 49ers, pitching a career-high 6.0 innings with only two hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Cal had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Chris Grossman.
However, in the bottom of the seventh Bear sophomore Aaron Swick (0-2, 0.7 inning, two hits, two runs) replaced Crist and gave up a first-pitch lead-off home run to Todd Jennings to tie the game, 1-1. Long Beach State went on to score three more runs in the seventh on a two-run homer by pinch-hitter Sean Boatright and a RBI single by Tim Hutting. The 49ers added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run double by Troy Tulowitzski. The winning pitcher for Long Beach State was reliever Neil Jamison (1-0, 2.7 innings, one hit, no runs, three walks, four strikeouts). Carlos Muniz (1.3 innings, one hit) earned his second save of the season.
Cal will next travel to Santa Clara, Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. The Bears then travel to Oklahoma State for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Long Beach State: Jennings, solo home run in the seventh. Boatright, two-run home run in the seventh inning.