Cal Baseball Defeats Saint Mary's, 11-5
March 7, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - Behind a season-high 21-hit attack and solid pitching from junior right-hander Kyle Crist, the California baseball team defeated Saint Mary's, 11-5, Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 10-11 overall and the Gaels fell to 4-15. Cal ended up winning the series two games to one, defeating Saint Mary's, 9-2, Friday and losing, 2-1, Saturday in Moraga.
The Bears' 21 hits tied a season-high (Cal had 21 hits Feb. 20 at Fresno State), led by junior third baseman David Nicholson's 4-for-4 day with two RBI. Sophomore second baseman Allen Craig was 3-for-5 with a double and senior center fielder David Weiner finished 3-for-4. Other top hitters for Cal were junior left fielder Justin Nelson, freshman designated hitter Chris Errecart and freshman catcher Garrett Bussiere. Nelson was 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the first inning and a RBI double in the third inning. Both Errecart and Bussiere went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Crist improved his record to 2-3 by pitching 6.0 innings with four hits, three earned runs, two walks and seven strikeouts. The losing pitcher for the Gaels was starter Allan Lobban (0-3, 2.0 innings, 10 hits, five runs, no walks, two strikeouts). Saint Mary's had taken a brief 4-2 lead by scoring four runs in the top of the third inning on a three-run double by Bryan Byrne and a RBI single by Adam Bellows. However, the Bears bounced right back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-4 advantage, highlighted by a RBI double by Nelson, a RBI single by senior right fielder Brian Horwitz and a sacrifice fly by Bussiere.
Cal will next host Nevada, Tuesday, March 9 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Saint Mary's: None.