Cal Baseball Wins Doubleheader at Long Beach State, 7-4 and 3-1

Feb. 20, 2005

LONG BEACH, CA - Freshman Mike Van Winden had a two-run double in the top of the ninth, and junior right-hander Alex Trafton forced a double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, as the California baseball team swept a series from No. 20 Long Beach State. The Golden Bears, who topped the 49ers, 3-2, Friday night, captured a doubleheader Sunday at Blair Field, winning 7-4 in the first game and 3-1 in the nightcap. Cal improves to 6-4 on the season and Long Beach State falls to 5-6. It was the first time the Bears had won a series versus the 49ers since 1999, and the first time Cal had swept Long Beach State since 1991.

In the second game Sunday, Van Winden, a redshirt freshman, broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the top of the ninth off of 49er reliever Cody Evans (0-2, 2.0 innings, four hits, two unearned runs, one walk, two strikeouts). In the bottom of the ninth, Trafton (1-0, 2.0 innings, two hits, no runs, one strikeout) forced pinch hitter Sean Boatright to hit into a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded to earn the win. Earlier, Trafton had made a throwing error on a force play at second base to put himself into a jam.

Senior right-handed starter Eric Dworkis had pitched well in game two Sunday, throwing 7.0 innings with one run, one walk and six strikeouts. Cal had scored its first run in game two in the fourth inning on a RBI single by sophomore designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky. Van Winden finished the contest 3-for-5 with two RBI.

In the Bears' 7-4 victory in the first game Sunday, sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch paced the Bears offensively, going 3-for-5 with a RBI. The winning pitcher was junior reliever Joe Todoroff (2-0), who threw 3.0 innings with four hits, two runs and one walk. Todoroff had relieved sophomore starter Brandon Morrow (4.0 innings, three hits, one run, three strikeouts). Senior left-hander Travis Talbott earned his second save of the series, pitching the final 2.0 innings with two hits, one run and one strikeout.

The losing pitcher for Long Beach State was reliever Steve Hammond (1.7 innings, three hits, one run, no earned runs). The score of game one was 3-3 going into the top of the eighth when Cal scored a run on a sacrifice fly by freshman catcher Travis Howell. The Bears then exploded for three runs in the top of the ninth on a RBI double by sophomore Chris Errecart, a RBI single by senior James Holder and another sacrifice fly by Howell.

Cal's other runs in game one came on a sacrifice fly by junior Allen Craig in the first inning, a RBI single by senior Matt Einspahr in the second inning and a RBI double by Boesch in the sixth inning.

The Bears will next face Saint Mary's in the three-game series - Friday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Cal, Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. at Saint Mary's, and Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. at Cal.

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