Cal Baseball Lose to No. 4 Arizona State, 11-3
April 11, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - No. 4 ranked Arizona State scored 10 runs in the first four innings, including seven runs in the fourth, cruising to an 11-3 victory over Cal Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Bears fell to 20-16 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils improved to 36-7, 4-3 in league play.
Arizona State jumped out early against Cal starter Matt Brown (2-5, 3.3 innings, 11 hits, six runs, no walks, one strikeout), scoring two runs in the first inning and a run in the second inning. Then Ryan Bosch hit a two-run homer in the Sun Devil's seven-run fourth inning to knock Brown out of the game. Later in the fourth inning, ASU pinch hitter Rod Allen hit a grand slam off of Bear reliever Aaron Swick.
After the Sun Devils had exploded in the fourth, Cal pitching settled down with junior reliever Blake Read pitching well, throwing 5.0 innings with four hits, one run, no walks and a strikeout. The winning pitcher for Arizona State was freshman starter Erik Averill, who improved his record to 7-0, throwing 7.0 innings with 10 hits, two runs and three walks.
The Bears got their runs on a sacrifice fly by sophomore second baseman David Nicholson in the fifth inning, a solo home run by senior center fielder Ben Conley in the sixth inning and a bases loaded walk by Conley in the ninth inning. Top hitters for Cal included sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson, who was 3-for-3 with a double and junior right fielder Brian Horwitz, who was 2-for-4 with a triple. It was Horwitz's first game back in action after missing 12 contests due to a sprained left thumb.
The Bears will next host No. 4 ranked Arizona State in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, Apr. 12 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal will be retiring former head baseball coach Bob Milano's No. 7 jersey at a 1 p.m. ceremony on Saturday.
Arizona State: Bosch, two-run homer in the fourth. Allen, grand slam home run in the fourth.
Cal: Conley, solo home run in the sixth inning.