Cal Baseball Pounds Sacramento State, 25-3

April 27, 2004

SACRAMENTO, CA - In an impressive hitting display, California senior catcher Chris Grossman went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and a grand slam in the Golden Bears' 10-run first inning, helping power Cal to a 25-3 victory over Sacramento State Tuesday afternoon at Hornet Field. Besides Grossman's two homers, freshmen Brennan Boesch and Jordan Karnofsky had back-to-back homers in the second inning as the Bears pounded out 25 hits and were only four runs shy of the school record for runs in a game (29 at Arizona State, Apr. 26, 1986). Cal improved to 23-25 overall and the Hornets, who had most recently upset No. 2 Stanford (2-1 Apr. 24 in Sacramento), fell to 23-28.

In addition to the Bears' strong hitting, seven Cal pitchers limited Sacramento State to three runs on five hits. Junior starter Matt Swanson (3-2, 1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) got the win, but junior Brent Hale (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts) and senior Blake Read (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, three strikeouts) also threw well.

Along with the exploits of Grossman (3-for-3, 2-HR, six RBI), Boesch (2-for-3, HR, four RBI) and Karnofsky (4-for-5, 2-2B, HR, four RBI, Brian Horwitz, James Holder and David Nicholson hit well for the Bears. Horwitz was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Holder was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI, and Nicholson was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Sophomore Robert Nesbitt came off the bench to hit a two-run single in the ninth inning.

Cal scored 10 runs in the first, two runs in the second, eight runs in the third, a run in the fifth, and four runs in the ninth inning against eight Hornet pitchers. The losing pitcher for Sacramento State was starter Warren Rosebrock (4-8, 0.7 inning, five hits, eight runs, four earned runs, one walk).

The Bears next host Arizona in a three-game Pac-10 series, starting Friday, Apr. 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Cal: Grossman, two-run homer in the first inning. Grossman, grand slam in first inning. Boesch, solo home run in the second inning. Karnofsky, solo home run in the second inning.

Sacramento State: None.

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