Cal Takes Series From Wildcats
May 29, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Cal baseball team did everything thing it needed to doto ensure itself of a postseason bid on Sunday, splitting a two game setwith No. 7-ranked Arizona at Jerry Kindall Field in Tucson. The Bearsdropped a resumed game from Saturday, 10-5, but bounced back to solidify itscase for an at-large NCAA berth with a 7-4 win in the series finale.
Arizona dropped its first conference series of the year with the split andended the regular season with a 37-18 overall record and a 17-6 mark in thePac-10, good enough for second place. The split on Sunday handed the GoldenBears (34-23, 13-11) a two to one series victory over the Wildcats andpushed their Pac-10 record to 13-11 on the season.
In the first game of the day, resumed after lightening and rain postponedit tied 4-4 in the seventh inning on Saturday, Arizona scored five runs inthe eighth inning to pull away and even the series at one game each.
Golden Spikes finalist Trevor Crowe led the way for the Wildcats, finishingthe contest 3 for 4 with his 25th double of the season, his 14th triple, astolen base, a RBI and game-high four runs scored.
Junior classmate Brad Boyer added a pair of hits in the win to extend hishitting streak to 14 straight games and finished with a triple and ateam-best three RBI.
Arizona closer Mark Melancon (4-3) picked up his fourth win of the year with1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Cal's Matt Swanson (6-3) was plagued by fielding errors behind him and wascharged with the loss after giving up five runs - only one of which wasearned - on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.
In the series finale game, Cal rallied for three late runs in the eighth andninth innings to snap a 4-4 tie and probably extend its season into the NCAA's.
Mike Van Winden (4 for 4, 4 RBI) and Josh Satin (1 for 4, RBI) drove home apair of key runs in the two-run eighth off of Arizona reliever David Coulon(3-3) and Van Winden padded the lead with a sacrifice fly in the ninth tohand Berkeley the three-run victory.
Cal's Travis Talbott (6-2) earned his sixth win of the season afterstymieing Arizona's Pac-10 leading offense over the final 3 2/3 innings. Thesouthpaw held the Wildcats hitless and finished with three strikeouts andone walk.
Arizona and Cal will both find out their postseason fate on Monday at 8:30a.m. PT. The NCAA selection show will be televised live on ESPN.