Cal Baseball Loses at UCLA, 10-2
April 4, 2003
LOS ANGELES, CA - Cal was out-hit, 12-6, and UCLA pitchers struck out 12 Bear batters, as the Bruins captured a 10-2 victory Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles. Cal fell to 18-14 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins improved to 17-16 and 3-1 in league play.
The Bears had gotten within 3-2 in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run homer by junior catcher Chris Grossman, but that would be as close as they would get. UCLA tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings for the final 10-2 margin. Cal was also plague by leaving 11 runners on base.
The winning pitcher for the Bruins was reliever Doug Silva (4-0), who entered the game in the fourth inning for starter Mike Kunes, and pitched 5.7 innings with five hits, no runs, three walks and eight strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Cal was junior starter Matt Brown (2-4, 6.0 innings, eight hits, six earned runs, two walks, eight strikeouts).
Besides Grossman's two-run homer, other top hitters for the Bears included sophomore third baseman Matt Einspahr, who was 2-for-4 with a double, and senior right fielder Ben Conley was 1-for-2 with a double. Brett McMillan and Wes Whisler hit home runs for UCLA and Matt Thayer was 3-for-5 with five RBI for the Bruins.
Cal will next face UCLA in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Apr. 5 at 1 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Cal: Grossman, two-run home run in the fourth inning.
UCLA: McMillan, solo home run in the third inning. Whisler, two-run homer in the seventh inning.