Cal Baseball Loses at San Jose State, 5-2
April 8, 2003
SAN JOSE, CA - Despite hitting the ball hard throughout the game, the Cal baseball team still fell to host San Jose State, 5-2, Tuesday afternoon at Blethen Field in San Jose. The Bears fell to 20-15 overall, and the Spartans improved to 18-17.
Cal had 10 hard hit outs during the contest, but could not overcome giving up five runs to San Jose State in the first three innings. The Bears scored a run in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by junior third baseman Conor Jackson. The Spartans came roaring back by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and two runs in the third inning off of Cal starter Joe Todoroff (3-2, 2.7 innings, six hits, five runs, three walks).
Junior Aaron Swick got the final out for the Bears in the bottom of the third and proceeded to throw well, pitching 4.3 innings with two hits, no runs, one walk and one strikeout. Sophomore Brent Hale threw the eighth inning for Cal with no hits, no runs, one walk and one strikeout. The Bear's offense, however, was not able to sustain a rally against five different San Jose State pitchers, getting their only other run on a solo home run by sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson in the fifth inning. Nelson leads Cal with seven home runs this season.
The Bears will next host No. 4 ranked Arizona State in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Apr. 11 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Nelson, solo home run in the fifth inning.
San Jose State: None.