Cal Baseball Defeats UCLA, 12-9, To Capture Series
April 6, 2003
LOS ANGELES, CA - For the second day in-a-row Cal made a dramatic comeback against UCLA, this time defeating the Bruins, 12-9, Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles. The Bears were down 9-2 after two innings, but were able to shut down UCLA the rest of the way while scoring a run in the third, four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and a run in the seventh. Cal improved to 20-14 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins fell to 17-18 and 3-3 in league play.
The Bears ended up winning the series, 2-1, losing 10-2 Friday, but scoring four runs in the top of the ninth inning to win 8-6 Saturday.
Cal started Sunday's game by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by sophomore designated hitter James Holder. UCLA came roaring back by scoring nine runs in the bottom of the second inning on a balk, a three-run homer by Brett McMillan, a grand slam by Ryan McCarthy and a solo home run by Brandon Averill.
However, the Bears were able to battle back with solid pitching and hitting. Sophomore reliever Mike Padgett (3-2) got the final out in the Bruin's nine-run second inning and proceeded to shut down UCLA's offense, pitching 4.3 innings with only one hit, no runs, one walk and one strikeout. Sophomore closer Jesse Ingram earned his seventh save of the year by pitching the final 3.0 innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts.
At the plate, Cal scored a run in the third inning on a RBI single by senior right fielder Ben Conley, and then tacked on four more runs in the fifth on a two-run homer by Holder and a solo home run by Conley. The Bears added four more runs in the sixth inning on a RBI double by Matt Einspahr, an error by Bruin shortstop Ryan McCarthy and bases loaded walks by junior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich and sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson. Cal scored its final run in the seventh inning on a RBI double by junior catcher Chris Grossman.
Holder, who had sat out Friday's game with flu, finished Sunday's game 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Conley was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, Grossman was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and Einspahr and sophomore second baseman David Nicholson had two hits apiece.
The Bears will next travel to San Jose State, Tuesday, Apr. 8 at 2 p.m., before hosting Arizona State in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Apr. 11 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Holder, two-run homer in the fifth inning. Conley, solo home run in the fifth inning.
UCLA: McMillan, three-run homer in the second inning. McCarthy, grand slam home run in the second inning. Averill, solo home run in the second inning..