Cal Baseball Loses at No. 20 Arizona, 9-5
May 2, 2003
TUCSON, AZ - The California baseball team came back from a 9-0 deficit, but still fell to No. 20 ranked Arizona, 9-5, Friday night at Sancet Field in Tucson. Cal dropped to 25-23 overall and 9-10 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats improved to 32-16 and 10-6 in league play.
The Bears were shut out and no-hit in the first six innings by Arizona's winning pitcher Richie Gardner, who improved his record to 8-1, throwing 7.0 innings with three hits, three runs, four walks and nine strikeouts. Cal finally broke up the no hitter in a dramatic fashion when junior third baseman Conor Jackson led off the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run to left.
The Bears went on to score four runs in the eighth inning off Gardner and Wildcat reliever Kevin Guyette. Jackson had a two-run double, and junior right fielder Brian Horwitz and junior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich added RBI singles.
The losing pitcher for Cal was sophomore starter Jesse Ingram (2-2, 3.3 innings, six hits, seven earned runs, five walks, seven strikeouts), who gave up three runs in the third and five runs in the fourth inning to Arizona.
The leading hitter for the Wildcats was Trevor Crowe, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run triple in the third inning. Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI for the Bears, while Horwitz was 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Cal will next face Arizona in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Sancet Field.
Cal: C. Jackson, solo home run in the seventh.