Cal Baseball Loses at Loyola Marymount, 9-8

Feb. 12, 2005

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Cal baseball team let an 8-3 lead slip away, giving up five runs in the seventh inning and allowing Matt Carter to score on a passed ball in the eighth inning to lose 9-8 Saturday at Loyola Marymount. The Lions won their 2005 season-opener, while the Golden Bears fell to 1-4.

A passed ball by Cal catcher Garrett Bussiere ended a disappointing game for the Bears, who had a runner in scoring position in the top of the ninth before LMU reliever Brad Meyer was able to get Matt Einspahr to ground out to the catcher to earn a save. The winning pitcher for the Lions was reliever Blake Feaser (1.7 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout), who came in in the eighth inning. The losing pitcher for Cal was reliever Matt Swanson (1-1, 0.7 inning, two walks).

Cal started off the game in great fashion, scoring six runs in the first three innings. The Bears scored three runs in the first inning on a RBI single up the middle by sophomore Chris Errecart, who later scored on a LMU throwing error, and an RBI double by Bussiere. Cal scored another run in the second on a RBI groundout by freshman Josh Satin, and then added two runs in the third on a two-run homer by Bussiere.

The Bears added two more runs in the sixth on a RBI single by Satin and a RBI double by Errecart.

The Lions responded in the bottom of the third when Kyle Mura hit a three-run homer off of Bear starter Adam Gold, who pitched 6.0 innings with six hits, six runs, only one walk and tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts. Cal still had a cushion until giving up five runs in the seventh inning. In the seventh, Loyola Marymount got a RBI singles by Chris Pettit and James Cooper, a two-run single by Evan Shahak and a sacrifice fly by A.J. LaMonda off of Bear pitchers Gold, Joe Todoroff and Travis Talbott.

Besides Bussiere, Errecart and Satin, the Bears' other top hitters included junior left fielder Allen Craig (2-for-5) and freshman shortstop Kyle Spraker (2-for-3) with two hits apiece.

Cal will next play Loyola Marymount in a doubleheader, beginning Sunday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. The first game of the three-game series scheduled for Friday, was rained out.

Home Runs:

Cal: Bussiere, two-run homer in the third inning

LMU: Mura, three-run homer in the third inning.

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