Cal Baseball Wins at Nevada, 11-8
April 5, 2005
RENO, NV - Senior third baseman Matt Einspahr had a key three-run double in the seventh inning and the Golden Bears got solid relief pitching for seniors Matt Swanson and Travis Talbott, as Cal defeated Nevada, 11-8, Tuesday in Reno. The Bears snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 21-12, while the Wolf Pack fell to 15-11.
Cal was able to capture the back-and-forth contest with a five-run seventh inning. Senior captain Einspahr, who finished the day with four RBI, had a bases loaded double to right-center field with one out and the Bears trailing 8-5. Cal then took the lead on senior designated hitter James Holder's RBI double down the right field line, and freshman catcher Travis Howell's RBI double to right. The Bears were able to get an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a pinch hit RBI single to left by sophomore Garrett Bussiere.
Senior right-hander Swanson earned the win for Cal, improving his record to 4-0 after coming in in the sixth and throwing 2.3 innings with two hits, no runs, one walk and one strikeout. Senior left-hander Travis Talbott then threw the ninth inning (no hits, no runs, one strikeout) to earn his Pac-10-leading sixth save of the year. The losing pitcher for Nevada was reliever Patrick Mason (0-1, 0.3 inning, one hit, two runs, one earned run).
Nevada was plagued by eight errors during the game and only four of the Bears' 11 runs were earned. Cal jumped out to a 3-0 lead by scoring two runs in the first on a RBI double by Chris Errecart and a RBI single by Josh Satin, and a run in the second on a throwing error by Nevada catcher Baker Krukow, allowing Holder to score.
The Wolf Pack came back to take a 4-3 lead by scoring four runs in the third inning off of Cal starter Joe Todoroff (5.0 innings, six hits, four runs, two walks, four strikeouts). The Bears regained the lead with two runs in the fifth when Allen Craig scored on another Krukow error, and Einspahr had a RBI groundout to shortstop. Again Nevada came back, this time in the sixth inning when Robert Marcial had a RBI double and Jacob Butler a three-run homer off of Cal reliever Brandon Morrow for the 8-5 advantage. Fortunately for the Bears, they were able put up five runs in the seventh inning off Nevada relievers Chris Scott, Mason and Matt Renfree.
Cal will next host Arizona State in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Apr. 8 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Nevada: Butler, three-run homer in the sixth inning.