Cal Baseball Upsets No. 24 ASU 4-3 in come-from-behind win
April 10, 2005
BERKELEY, CA - Senior third baseman Matt Einspahr knocked in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth to lead Cal to a dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind victory over No. 24-ranked Arizona State Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 23-13 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10. ASU goes to 22-15 overall and 3-3 in league play. The two teams played a doubleheader Saturday, with ASU winning the first game, 11-7, and the Bears winning game two, 7-3.
Cal was down 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth. Junior left fielder Allen Craig started the inning with a single off of Sun Devil reliever Jason Urquidez (5-3, 2.7 innings, three hits, two runs, four walks, three strikeouts). Urquidez walked pinch hitter Stephen Carlson, followed by Travis Howell sacrificing bunting Craig and Carlson to second and third. Pinch hitter Brett Munster was intentionally walked to load the bases. Freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden then tied the game with a single to left, and Einspahr won the contest when his line drive just cleared the top of ASU shortstop Joe Persichina's glove.
Senior left-hander Travis Talbott (3-1) earned the win in relief for the Bears, pitching a season-high 4.3 innings with four hits, one run, no walks and two strikeouts. Talbott relieved sophomore starter Michael Cooper, who also threw well, pitching 4.7 innings with four hits, two runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Erik Averill was effective as the Sun Devil starter (5.7 innings, six hits, two runs, no walks, four strikeouts).
ASU started the day's scoring with two runs in the fifth inning on a RBI double by Rocky Laguna and a RBI single up the middle by Travis Buck. The Bears were able to comeback and tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run homer by sophomore catcher Garrett Bussiere.
The Sun Devils recaptured the lead in the top of the sixth on Seth Dhaenens' RBI single off of Talbott. Fortunately for Cal, it was able to muster the two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the win. Van Winden, freshman second baseman Josh Satin and Bussiere finished with two hits apiece for the Bears. Buck and Jeff Larish had a pair of hits for the Sun Devils.
Cal will next travel to Sacramento State, Tuesday, Apr. 12 at 2 p.m. at Hornet Field, before traveling to Seattle for a three-game Pac-10 series at Washington, Apr. 15-17.
Cal: Bussiere, two-run homer in the fifth inning.