Cal Baseball Falls to UNLV, 7-4

March 13, 2005

BERKELEY, CA - California gave up five runs in the first two innings and ended up falling to UNLV, 7-4, Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears' record drops to 12-8 on the year, and the Rebels improve to 5-14. Cal had won the first game of the series, 13-2, Friday, but dropped the next two games, 5-2 and 7-4.

The Bears' starting pitcher, sophomore right-hander Brandon Morrow, struggled, only pitching 1.0 inning with six hits, five runs and four earned runs. UNLV scored three runs in the first inning on a RBI single by Zeke Parraz, a RBI ground out by Ryan Bird and a RBI single by Justin Tellam. The Rebels added two more runs in the second inning on a fielder's choice RBI by Parraz, and a throwing error by Cal second baseman Josh Satin on a double play attempt.

The Bears' sophomore right-hander Michael Cooper replaced Morrow and was effective, pitching 5.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Cal was able to hold the Rebels scoreless until Tellam hit a solo home run off of Joe Todoroff in the seventh inning and Bird hit a solo homer off of Travis Talbott in the top of the ninth.

Meanwhile, UNLV's starting pitcher, Matt Luca (1-4), kept the Bears in check, throwing 6.7 innings with nine hits, one unearned run with three walks and five strikeouts. Cal didn't score until the seventh inning when sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch had a RBI single off of Luca. The Bears made the game closer by scoring three times in the bottom of the ninth on a bases loaded sacrifice fly by freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden and a two-run double by Satin. Freshman shortstop Kyle Spraker finished the day 4-for-5 for Cal.

The Bears will next travel to Pacific, Tuesday, Mar. 15 for a 6 p.m. at Billy Hebert Field in Stockton.

Home Runs:

UNLV: Tellam, solo home run in the seventh inning. Bird, solo home run in the ninth inning.

Cal: None.

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