Cal Baseball Tops Washington State, 9-3

March 22, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - Behind a 11-hit attack and solid pitching from junior Brian Montalbo, the Cal baseball team defeated Washington State, 9-3, Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improved to 15-10 overall (2-0), while the Cougars fall to 5-18 (0-2). Cal had defeated WSU, 8-3, in Friday's Pac-10 opener.

The Bears improved their Pac-10 record to 2-0 by taking advantage of four Cougar errors, getting some timely hitting from James Holder and Chris Grossman, and receiving strong pitching from Montalbo. Montalbo improved his record to 3-2 by pitching 7.0 innings with five hits, two runs, three walks and five strikeouts. Holder had a two-run single in Cal's three-run third inning and an RBI ground out in the sixth inning. Grossman had RBI singles in the third and sixth innings.

The losing pitcher for Washington State was starter Nick Kenyon (1-1), who threw 5.3 innings with seven hits, seven runs, four earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

Washington State had gotten within 3-2 by scoring a run in the fourth inning on a double steal attempt, scoring Bruce Jacobson, and a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Jay Miller. But the Bears pulled away by scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI double by freshman Jeremy Burchett, and then scored three runs in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh inning. Cal scored its runs in the seventh on a RBI double by Brad Smith and a RBI single by David Nicholson.

The Bears will next host Washington State in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Mar. 23 at noon at Evans Diamond. Sunday's WSU-Cal game time had been changed from 1 p.m. to 12 p.m.

Home Runs:

Washington State: None.

Cal: None.

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