Cal Baseball Defeats Santa Clara, 7-5
Feb. 25, 2003
SANTA CLARA, CA - Led by the pitching of sophomore right-hander Joe Todoroff and the hitting of junior catcher Chris Grossman, Cal defeated host Santa Clara, 7-5, Tuesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Bears improved to 11-5 overall, and the Broncos fell to 7-9.
Todoroff improved his record to 3-0 on the year, coming in in relief for starter Brent Hale in the second inning and proceeding to pitch a career-high 6.3 innings with five hits, one run (solo home run to Scott Dierks in the fourth inning), one walk and a career-high eight strikeouts. His previous high for strikeouts was four, set last season as a freshman. Sophomore closer Jesse Ingram (1.3 innings, two hits, two runs, two walks, two strikeouts) earned his third save of the year, giving up two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but was able to strikeout the final two Santa Clara batters to end the game.
At the plate, Grossman was the hitting star, going 1-for-3 with three RBI, including breaking a 3-3 tie with a two-out single in the seventh inning. He also had a key RBI in the top of the ninth with a sacrifice fly, followed by a RBI single by freshman center field Jeremy Burchett.
Sophomore first baseman James Holder also hit well for the Bears, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run that tied the game, 3-3, in the sixth inning. Cal scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning when sophomore second baseman David Nicholson led off the game with a triple and later scored on a wild pitch by Bronco starter Scott Shapiro.
The Bears are next scheduled to travel to Oklahoma State for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in Stillwater, Oklahoma, but due to weather conditions, the series might by moved to Evans Diamond.
Cal: Holder, solo home run in the sixth inning.
Santa Clara: Dierks, solo home run in the fourth inning.