Cal Baseball Loses 1-0 Heartbreaker at North Carolina
March 12, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, NC - Despite a solid pitching effort from sophomore right-hander Adam Gold, the California baseball lost a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to North Carolina Friday at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC. The Golden Bears fell to 10-13 and the Tar Heels improved to 11-3 and have now won all 11 home games this season. North Carolina is also on a seven-game winning streak.
The Tar Heels' freshman right-hander Daniel Bard (3-0) was the star of the day as he fired a complete game, two-hit shutout, walking just one batter and striking out six. Bard did not allow a hit after the fourth inning and only two Cal runners reached second base all afternoon. Senior center fielder David Weiner and freshman catcher Garrett Bussiere were the only two Bears to record hits.
Gold, who fell to 4-2, was the tough-luck loser as he only allowed one run on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Junior reliever Jesse Ingram came on to pitch a scoreless eighth inning for the Golden Bears. The lone run of the game came on a RBI groundout by North Carolina right fielder Marshall Hubbard in the fourth inning. Tar Heel left fielder Jay Cox led off the frame with a double to left center and advanced on a groundout to third base by catcher Chris Iannetta. Cox then came home on the ground out by Hubbard.
The series between Cal and North Carolina will continue with games scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Boshamer Stadium.
North Carolina: None