Cal Baseball Wins at San Jose State, 5-3
May 10, 2005
SAN JOSE, CA - Junior left fielder Allen Craig went 3-for-3 with a lead-off home run, and Cal received solid pitching as the Golden Bears defeated San Jose State, 5-3, Tuesday at Municipal Stadium in San Jose. Cal improved to 32-21 overall. The Spartans dropped to 24-23-1.
Craig started the game off in impressive fashion for the Bears, hitting a home run over the left field fence on the first at-bat of the contest. San Jose State came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run single by Nick Epidendio off of Cal starter Joe Todoroff (4.3 innings, five hits, three runs, two earned runs, two walks, seven strikeouts).
The Bears quickly responded by scoring four runs in the second inning off of Spartan reliever Mike Malott (0-1, 1.0 inning, five hits, four runs, one strikeout). With two outs, sophomore shortstop Brett Munster hit a two-run double to left center, followed by a RBI double by Craig and a RBI single by freshman second baseman Josh Satin.
Five runs would be all Cal would need. After Epidendio hit a sacrifice fly to center in the third inning, Bear pitching would shutdown the Spartans the rest of the game. Junior right-hander Adam Gold replaced Todoroff with one out in the fifth and threw 3.3 innings with four hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts to improve his record to 7-6. Junior right-hander Alex Trafton got the final out in the eighth inning and struck out the first two batters in the ninth. Senior left hander Travis Talbott then earned his eighth save of the season, getting Anthony Contreras to ground out to third baseman Matt Einspahr to end the game.
Craig finished 3-for-3 with a RBI double, a home run and two walks. It was the second time this season he had led-off a game with a home run as he accomplished the feat May 1 at UCLA. Satin and Einspahr added two hits apiece for the Bears.
Cal now has 13 days off until it plays at UC Davis, Tuesday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m. The Bears' next Pac-10 series is May 27-29 at Arizona.
Cal: Craig, solo home run in the first inning.
San Jose State: None.