Cal Baseball Loses at No. 5 Arizona State, 8-4

March 21, 2004

TEMPE, AZ - Despite two home runs from senior right fielder Brian Horwitz and out-hitting the Sun Devil, 12-10, the California baseball team lost at No. 5 ranked Arizona State, 8-4, Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium. The Golden Bears fell to 14-15 overall and 2-1 in Pac-10 action. The Sun Devils improved to 20-5 overall and 1-2 in league play.

As a result of defeating Arizona State 9-7 on Friday, and 20-8 on Saturday, Cal captured a series at Packard Stadium for the first time since Apr. 13-15, 1995 (L 8-2, W 10-9, W 10-4). The Bears scored 33 runs on 44 hits over the three games.

On Sunday, Cal was led by Horwitz, who went 2-for-4 with solo home runs in the fifth and ninth innings. Senior designated hitter Chris Grossman also had two hits, going 2-for-5 with a RBI in the first inning. Freshman pinch hitter Jordan Karnofsky knocked in the other run for the Bears with a RBI single in the ninth inning.

Cal was plagued by allowing five ASU runs in the third inning, including a three-run homer by Josh Asanovich off of Bear starter Kyle Crist (2-4, 2.7 innings, five hits, six runs, two earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts). Cal pitchers settled down after that, allowing only one unearned run in the next 5.3 innings, including a solid outing from junior Jesse Ingram (3.3 innings, five hits, one earned run, no walks, three strikeouts) and shutout innings from Matt Brown, Cameron Johnson and Alex Trafton.

The winning pitcher for Arizona State was starter Zechry Zinicola (2-1), who threw 7.0 innings with six hits, two runs, one walk and five strikeouts.

The Bears will next host Oregon State in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Mar. 26 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Cal: Horwitz, solo home run in the fifth inning. Horwitz, solo home run in the ninth inning.

Arizona State: Asanovich, three-run homer in the third inning.

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