Cal Baseball Wins Doubleheader Over Hawaii-Hilo, 2-1 and 13-10
March 19, 2005
HILO, HI - The University of California baseball team took a doubleheader from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, 2-1 and 13-10, Saturday at Wong Stadium in Hilo. The Golden Bears improved to 16-8 on the season and the Vulcans fell to 1-30. Junior designated hitter Allen Craig provided the punch Cal needed to win game one. After sophomore left fielder Chris Errecart walked in the fifth inning, freshman second baseman Josh Satin dropped a single into centerfield. Craig then fought off a full count and drove a pitch up the middle to give the Bears the 2-1 lead.
After being hit by a pitch to start the game, Cal's lead off batter Mike Van Winden toured the bases on a sacrifice bunt and a single to end up on third. A.J. Satele snagged sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch's high bouncer for an out at first, but that allowed Van Winden to score and give the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead to start the game.
The Vulcans followed Cal's formula in the bottom of the first with Sean Tamura being hit by a pitch by Bear starter Adam Gold's second pitch. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on David Chu's line drive double to the left field corner for Hawaii-Hilo's lone run. Errecart, Satin and Craig collected two hits each for the Bears, while Michael Higa paired hits for the Vulcans in game one. Gold improved his record to 3-2, throwing 5.0 innings with four hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts. Senior left-hander Travis Talbott earned his fifth save of the year, pitching the bottom of the ninth (1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout).
The start of game two was a near mirror image of game one. Van Winden walked and freshman shortstop Kyle Spraker put down the sacrifice bunt. Errecart then bounced a single over first base to drive in a run. But it didn't stop there. Errecart stole second, then scored on consecutive wild pitches.
The Bears racked up three consecutive singles to score a run in the third. Following two outs, senior third baseman Matt Einspahr singled to left to continue the offensive output with a RBI. Van Winden jumped on the wagon and singled in the inning's third and final run. Boesch added a solo home run in the fourth while a four-run fifth built the Bears' lead to 10-0.
The Vulcans offense exploded in the sixth with a season-high 10-run rally. Sean Tamura and Chris Campbell singled to start the inning. Chu then followed with a triple to the left center gap. Ryan Hanohano followed with a single down the left field line. A walk to A.J. Satele and Dayne Ogawa's single loaded the bases. Higa's sharp grounder to third passed Stephen Carlson's glove for another run. Matt Haasenritter walked to give the Vulcans their fifth run of the inning before the Golden Bears changed pitchers. Tamura welcomed the next pitcher with his second hit of the inning to drive in two runs. Campbell also picked up his second hit of the inning to drive in the inning's eighth run. After Chu walked, second baseman Satin couldn't get a glove on Johnny Dudoit's grounder allowing the Vulcans to tie the score.
The Bears came right back and loaded the bases without an out in the seventh. Eddie Gutierrez took the mound for the Vulcans at that point. After Satin's single broke up the tie, Gutierrez struck out the side to strand three runners.
An error prone eighth put more runs on the board for the Bears. After Stephen Carlson walked, he ran to second as the ball got by Vulcan catcher Mattt Haasenritter. James Holder then drove a deep fly to center field that popped out of Campbell's glove, allowing Carlson to score. After a bunt moved Holder to third, he scored on Boesch's drive to right. Boesch and Satin had four hits apiece for the Bears in game two. The winning pitcher for Cal was junior reliever Alex Trafton (2-0, 1.7 innings, three hits, two unearned runs, one walk), while sophomore right-hander Brandon Morrow earned his first save (2.0 innings, no hits, three strikeouts). Cal will face the Vulcans in the fourth game of the series, Sunday, Mar. 20 at 1 p.m. at Wong Stadium.
Home Runs (Game two):Cal: Boesch, solo home run in the fourth inning.Hawaii-Hilo: None