Cal Baseball Shutsout Hawaii, 11-0
April 20, 2005
BERKELEY, CA - Senior third baseman Matt Einspahr hit a grand slam in the eighth inning and six California pitchers shut out Hawaii as the Golden Bears defeated the Rainbows, 11-0, Wednesday at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 25-16 overall, and Hawaii fell to 18-23.
The Bears' pitching staff limited the Rainbows to four hits and Cal extended a 5-0 lead by exploding for six runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by Einspahr's grand slam. He now leads the Bears with 33 RBI after hitting a RBI double in the seventh inning.
Another top hitter for Cal was freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles, including a two-run double in the second inning off of Hawaii starter Ricky Bauer (3-3, 2.0 innings, four hits, three runs, no walks, one strikeout). Sophomore outfielders Brennan Boesch (2-for-4, RBI) and Chris Errecart (2-for-5, two doubles) added two hits apiece for the Bears.
The winning pitcher for Cal was junior starter Joe Todoroff (4-2), who threw 4.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts.
The Bears scored their first run on a RBI single by Boesch in the first inning. Cal added two runs in the second on Van Winden's two-out, two-run double, a run in the fourth on junior left fielder Allen Craig's solo home run, and a run in the seventh on Einspahr's two-out RBI double. In the eighth, the Bears batted around and scored on Travis Howell's bases loaded hit by pitch, Kyle Spraker's RBI single to right and Einspahr's grand slam over the left center field fence.
Cal will next host USC in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Apr. 22 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Craig, solo home run in the fourth inning. Einspahr, grand slam in the eighth inning.