Cal Baseball Upsets No. 7 Arizona, 6-3
May 28, 2005
TUCSON, AZ - Led by the hitting of Matt Einspahr and Garrett Bussiere, plus the pitching of seniors Eric Dworkis and Travis Talbott, the California baseball team upset No. 7-ranked Arizona, 6-3, in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Frank Sancet Stadium in Tucson. In game two of the doubleheader Saturday, Cal tied the contest, 4-4, by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh before the game was suspended due to rain, thunder and lightning.
The Golden Bears improved to 33-22 overall and 12-10 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats fell to 36-18 and 16-6 in conference play. Beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Cal and Arizona will play the remaining innings of game two, before playing the regularly scheduled Sunday game 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.
The Bears entered Saturday's game with a 1-0 lead after Einspahr had tripled, followed by Bussiere's RBI double, Friday night in the top of the second inning before the game was suspended due to weather. Cal tacked on another run in the fourth inning when sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch had a one-out double off of Arizona starter John Meloan (4.3 innings, six hits, two runs, one walk, five strikeouts) and scored on Einspahr's RBI single.
Arizona tied the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth on Nick Hundley's RBI single and Jason Donald's RBI double off of Dworkis (6-5, 5.7 innings, eight hits, three runs, no walks, four strikeouts). The Bears battled back, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth on a throwing error by Wildcat second baseman Brad Boyer and a RBI single by freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden.
Arizona got within 4-3 when Jordan Brown hit a lead-off homer in the bottom of the sixth, but Cal sealed the win with a run in the seventh on a RBI single up the middle by Einspahr, and a run in the ninth on Bussiere's RBI double. Talbott earned his ninth save of the year (second on the Cal all-time single-season save list) by throwing the final 2.3 innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and two strikeouts.
Einspahr finished game one 5-for-5 with a triple and two RBI, while Bussiere was 4-for-5 with two RBI doubles. Junior left fielder Allen Craig and Van Winden also had two hits apiece for the Bears.
In the suspended game two, Arizona scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Brown off of Cal starter Michael Cooper. The Bears took a 2-1 lead by scoring two runs in the second inning on RBI singles by freshman designated hitter Jason Corder and Van Winden. The Wildcats recaptured the lead with two runs in the fifth on a RBI triple by Trevor Crowe and a RBI single by Jeff Van Houten. Cal was able to tie the game, 4-4, with a sacrifice fly by Craig and a RBI single by freshman second baseman Josh Satin in the top of seventh inning.
Home Runs Game One:
Arizona: Brown, solo home run in the sixth inning.