Cal Baseball Sweeps Washington State, 5-4
March 26, 2005
BERKELEY, CA - Freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring freshman shortstop Kyle Spraker to give Cal a 5-4 victory over Washington State Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears ended up sweeping the Cougars, winning 13-2 Thursday and 11-4 on Friday. Cal improves to 19-9 and 3-0 in the Pac-10, while the Cougars fall to 15-13, 0-3. It was the Bears' first conference sweep since May 10-12, 2002, when Cal won three-straight over Oregon State at Evans Diamond.
The winning pitcher for Cal was reliever Travis Talbott, who improved his record to 2-1, throwing 2.7 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout. The losing pitcher for WSU was reliever Dane Renkert (1-1, 3.0 innings, four hits, two runs, no walks, three strikeouts), who replaced Cougar starter Nick Cebula (4.7 innings, nine hits, three runs, two walks, six strikeouts) in the fifth inning.
The game was nip and tuck the whole way, with Cal answering with a run each time Washington State scored in the top of the inning. The Cougars tallied a run in the second on a RBI groundout by Jeff Miller after Zach Kosturos had tripled off of Bear starter Joe Todoroff (4.7 innings, five hits, three runs, three walks, three strikeouts). Cal responded in the bottom of the second with a RBI single by freshman catcher Travis Howell. In the third, Jim Murphy had a RBI single for WSU, while Brennan Boesch countered with a RBI single for the Bears. In the fifth, Zach McAngus had a RBI single for WSU, and Allen Craig had a RBI single for Cal. The pattern remained in the seventh when Murphy had a RBI double for the Cougars and the Bears' Josh Satin had a RBI groundout.
Cal finally captured the game when with one out in the eighth, Spraker single up the middle and was sacrificed to second by senior third baseman Matt Einspahr. Van Winden then won the contest when he hit a two-strike pitch down the right field line for the game-winning double.
Boesch finished the game 3-for-4 with a RBI, and Craig and Einspahr had two hits apiece. Murphy was 3-for-5 with two RBI for WSU.
The Bears will next host Sacramento State, Tuesday, Mar. 29 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal then travels to Oregon State, Apr. 1-3, for a three-game Pac-10 series in Corvallis, Ore.
Washington State: None.