Cal Baseball Wins Ninth Straight With 8-3 Victory Over San Francisco

March 1, 2005

BERKELEY, CA - Behind senior Matt Einspahr's five-RBI game, the California baseball team won its ninth straight contest, defeating San Francisco, 8-3, Tuesday at Evans Diamond. Einspahr snapped a 3-3 tie with a three-run homer off of the Dons' T.J. Franco in the sixth inning, and later gave the Golden Bears a 7-3 lead with a RBI double in the eighth inning. He had given Cal its first run of the day with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. The Bears improve to 10-4 on the year, and San Francisco goes to 5-4.

The winning pitcher for Cal was senior reliever Matt Swanson (2-0, 1.0 inning, three runs, one walk), who came in for starter Joe Todoroff in the sixth inning. Todoroff was outstanding, throwing 5.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Junior reliever Alex Trafton (1.3 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts) and senior left-hander Travis Talbott also threw well for the Bears. Talbott earned his Pac-10-leading fourth save of the year, pitching the final 1.7 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and a strikeout. When Swanson gave up his three runs in the sixth inning, it broke a streak of 18 scoreless innings for the Cal pitching staff.

The Bears' nine-game winning streak is the team's longest winning streak since Cal won nine straight games from Mar. 6-18, 1998.

The losing pitcher for San Francisco was reliever Reed Johnson (0.0 innings, two hits, two runs). After the Bears had taken a 2-0 lead on Einspahr's sacrifice fly in the second inning and freshman catcher Travis Howell's RBI double in the fourth inning, the Dons came back to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth. USF got three-straight hits off of Swanson - a RBI double by Stefan Gartrell, a RBI single by Royce Fukuroku and a RBI single off of Swanson's glove by Andrew Smith.

Cal came roaring back in the bottom of the sixth to score four runs on a RBI double by freshman second baseman Josh Satin and Einspahr's three-run homer. The Bears' final two runs came in the eighth when Einspahr doubled in Howell and later scored on a passed by USF catcher Daniel Morales.

Howell (3-for-4, RBI double) and senior designated hitter James Holder (3-for-4) had three hits apiece for Cal, while Einspahr, Satin and Chris Errecart had two hits apiece.

The Bears will next travel to No. 11-ranked Stanford for a three-game non-conference series, beginning Friday, Mar. 4 at 5 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.

Home runs:

San Francisco: None.

Cal: Einspahr, three-run homer in the sixth inning.

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