Cal Baseball Wins at Saint Mary's, 5-1

Feb. 26, 2005

MORAGA, CA - Led by a complete-game performance from senior right-hander Eric Dworkis and the hitting of Brennan Boesch and Mike Van Winden, the California baseball team defeated Saint Mary's, 5-1, Saturday at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga. The Golden Bears have now won seven consecutive games to improve to 8-4 on the season, while the Gaels fall to 2-7.

Dworkis (1-1), a senior transfer from Gonzaga, was spectacular for Cal, throwing the Bears' first complete game of the season, limiting Saint Mary's to six hits with one run, one walk and 10 strikeouts. His career-high for strikeouts is 11, set against the Gaels in Spokane when he was a sophomore for the Bulldogs in 2003.

Offensively, Cal got its first run when Boesch hit a home run off the scoreboard in right field off of Saint Mary's starter Joel Fountain (1-1, 7.0 innings, five hits, three runs, two earned runs, two walks, five strikeouts) in the second inning. The Gaels came back to score a run in the bottom of the third on a RBI single by Cody Nelson, but then Dworkis shutdown Saint Mary's the rest of the way.

Cal took the lead for good when Van Winden hit his first collegiate homer leading off the fourth inning. He added another run for the Bears with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Boesch added a RBI double in the eighth inning and junior shortstop Allen Craig had a RBI in the ninth inning to give Cal its fifth run.

Boesch finished the day 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI, Van Winden was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, and Craig was 2-for-5 with a RBI double. Freshman Jason Corder also hit a double for the Bears.

Cal will next face Saint Mary's in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears defeated the Gaels, 5-4 in 12 innings, on Friday at Evans Diamond.

Home runs:

Cal: Boesch, solo home run in the second inning. Van Winden, solo home run in the fourth inning.

Saint Mary's: None.

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