Cal Baseball Loses Twice to No. 4 Arizona State, 6-0, 10-1

April 13, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - No. 4 ranked Arizona State defeated Cal twice Sunday at Evans Diamond, topping the Bears, 6-0 and 10-1. Cal fell to 20-18 overall and 6-6 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils improved to 38-7, 6-3 in league play. ASU ended up sweeping the series, winning 11-3 on Friday. Saturday's game was rained out, so the two teams played a doubleheader Sunday.

The Sun Devils dominated the series, outscoring the Bears, 27-4. On Sunday, Cal's starting pitchers struggled, with Brian Montalbo (3-3) and Kyle Crist (2-2) lasting only 1.3 innings apiece.

In game one, ASU scored five runs off of Montalbo (1.3 innings, one hit, two earned runs, four walks) in the second inning. The Sun Devils only had one hit in the second, but took advantage of two errors and four walks. Four Bear pitchers were able to limit ASU to only one run after the second inning, but Cal's offense was shutout by ASU reliever Beau Vaughan, who improved his record to 6-2, pitching 6.0 innings with three hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

The Bears had five different players with one hit apiece in game one, with sophomore second baseman David Nicholson hitting a double for Cal's lone extra-base hit. Nick Walsh was 3-for-3 for ASU in game one.

In game two, the Sun Devils scored five runs against Crist (1.3 innings, four hits, four earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts) in the second inning. ASU added two runs in the fourth, a run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh off of five Bear pitchers. A pitching highlight for Cal was provided by junior Blake Read, who was able to shutdown the Sun Devils in the final three innings (no hit, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts).

Read pitched well the entire series, throwing 5.0 innings with four hits, one run, no walks and a strikeout Friday, for a combined 8.0 innings with four hits, one run, no walks and three strikeouts.

The winning pitcher for Arizona State in game two Sunday was starter Jered Liebeck, who improved his record to 7-0, throwing 6.0 innings with four hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. The Bears scored their lone run of the day in the seventh inning of game two on a run scoring double play ball hit by freshman left fielder Jeremy Burchett. Junior designated hitter David Weiner went 3-for-5, and junior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich and junior rightfielder Brian Horwitz had two hits apiece in game two.

Walsh was 3-for-5 with two RBI and Travis Buck went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Sun Devils in game two.

The Bears will next travel to Saint Mary's, Tuesday, Apr. 15 at 2 p.m., before hosting USC, Apr. 17-19, in a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. The Cal-Saint Mary's game is an added contest to the Bears' schedule to help make up for three games Cal had snowed out in Stillwater, Oklahoma against Oklahoma State.

Home Runs Game one:

Arizona State: None.

Cal: None.

Home Runs Game two:

Arizona State: None.

Cal: None.

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