Five Home Runs Lead Cal Baseball to 10-8 Win Over Arizona

May 1, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - Powered by five home runs, including two each by senior right fielder Brian Horwitz and freshman catcher Garrett Bussiere, the California baseball team defeated Arizona, 10-8, Saturday at Evans Diamond. Junior right-hander Jesse Ingram also earned his ninth save of the season for the Bears, tying the school record for single-season saves. Cal improved to 24-26 overall and 8-12 in the Pac-10, while the Wildcats fell to 22-19-1 and 6-8 in conference play.

The Bears had a big day at the plate, scoring four runs in the second inning on a three-run homer by Bussiere, followed by a solo home run from fellow freshman Brennan Boesch. Cal added two more runs in the third inning on a two-run homer by Horwitz off of Arizona starter Kevin Guyette (5-5, 2.3 innings, five hits, six runs, one walk, one strikeout). The Bears went on to score singles runs in the fourth on a squeeze bunt by junior second baseman Matt Einspahr, and in the fifth on a solo home run by Horwitz.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats had scored two runs in the top of the second on a two-run homer by Richard Mercado off of Cal starter Mike Padgett (4-5, 5.3 innings, five hits, five runs, two walks, two strikeouts). Arizona then came roaring back from a 8-2 deficit by scoring three runs in the top of the sixth on RBI singles by Jeff Van Houton and Jason Donald, and a wild pitch by Bear reliever Matt Swanson. Cal countered by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by junior infielder David Nicholson. But, the Wildcats added three more runs in the top of the seventh to get within 9-8 on a sacrifice fly by Van Houton and a two-run homer by Jordan Brown.

The Bears were able to salvage the win when Bussiere gave Cal and insurance run on his second home run of the day, a lead-off shot in the bottom of the eighth off of Arizona reliever Derek Rodriguez. Ingram had entered the game in the eighth inning, and was able to slow down the Wildcats, pitching 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs and one walk. It was his ninth save of the season, tying him with Bobby Kahlon (1993, 1994) and Drew Fischer (1995) for the school record for single-season saves. Ingram now has 18 career saves, tied with Kahlon for second on the Cal all-time career save list.

Bussiere finished the day 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI, while Horwitz was 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI. Brown (2-for-5, HR, two RBI) and John Hardy (2-for-4) had two hits apiece for Arizona.

Saturday also marked Wayne Hooper Day, honoring Hooper, who along with Bill Bailey, is the co-chairman of the Cal Bullpen Club, which raises funds for the Cal baseball program.

The Bears next host Arizona in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series and the final home game of the 2004 season, Sunday, May 2 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Wildcats had won the first game of the series, 5-3, on Friday.

Home Runs:

Arizona: Mercado, two-run homer in the second. Brown, two-run homer in the seventh.

Cal: Bussiere, three-run homer in the second. Boesch, solo home run in the second. Horwitz, two-run homer in the third. Horwitz, solo home run in the fifth. Bussiere, solo home run in the eighth.

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