Cal Baseball Defeats UCLA, 6-4
April 30, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CA - California scored five runs in the second inning and held on for a 6-4 victory at UCLA Saturday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 29-18 overall and 9-8 in the Pac-10. UCLA dropped to 9-30 and 0-11 in conference play. Senior right-hander Eric Dworkis evened his record to 5-5, pitching 7.3 innings with 10 hits, four runs, one walk and six strikeouts, while senior left-hander Travis Talbott earned his seventh save of the season, throwing the final 1.7 innings with three hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
Down 1-0, Cal exploded for five runs in the second when Bruin starter Bryan Beck (0-11) ran into control problems, walking the first three batters of the inning. Sophomore catcher Garrett Bussiere then knocked in a RBI single to center, freshman shortstop Kyle Spraker had a RBI groundout, freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden scored on a balk and senior third baseman Matt Einspahr hit a sacrifice fly. Sophomore right fielder Chris Errecart concluded the inning's scoring with a RBI double to right.
Beck went on to throw a complete game with eight hits, six runs, three walks and seven strikeouts.
UCLA had scored in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by Chris Jensen before the Bears big second inning. Cal extended its lead to 6-1 on a RBI single up the middle by junior left fielder Allen Craig in the fourth inning. The Bruins later mounted a comeback with a two-run single by Chris Denove in the sixth inning, and run in the eighth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Will Penniall, before Talbott ended UCLA's rally.
Bussiere and Craig finished with three hits apiece for the Bears. Bussiere was 3-for-4 with a RBI, while Craig went 3-for-5 with a RBI.
Cal will next play UCLA in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles. The Bears won the first game of the series, 7-1, Friday night.
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