No. 25 Cal Baseball Wins Season-Opener at UC Irvine, 6-2
Feb. 3, 2006
IRVINE, CALIF. - Led by the phenomenal pitching of junior right-hander Brandon Morrow and a five-run first inning, the No. 25-ranked California baseball team captured its 2006 season-opener, defeating UC Irvine, 6-2, Friday night at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine.
Morrow (1-0), a third-team preseason All-American in Baseball America, pitched 6.3 no-hit innings with no runs, one walk and a career-high 12 strikeouts. Offensively, Cal exploded for five runs in the first inning. Senior shortstop Allen Craig led-off the game with a walk, followed by a Josh Satin single through the right side of the infield. Craig eventually scored on a Chris Errecart groundout and Satin scored on a wild pitch by Anteater starter Justin Cassel (0-1, 5.0 innings, six hits, five runs, two walks, three strikeouts). Later, junior catcher Garrett Bussiere pounded an RBI double, sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden followed with an RBI single and junior designated hitter Brett Munster added an RBI double.
Morrow and senior reliever Jeremy Burchett then shutdown UC Irvine for 7.0 innings, until the Anteaters finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Taylor Holiday had a two-run single off of Burchett.
Cal added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Craig reached base on an error by UC Irvine center fielder Spike McDougall and ended up scoring on Anteater pitcher Gary Nakashima's failed pickoff attempt.
Offensively, the Bears were led by Bussiere, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, and Munster was 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Senior right-hander Alex Trafton closed the game for Cal, throwing the final inning with one hit and one strikeout.
Cal next plays the second game of the three-game series versus UC Irvine, Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Anteater Ballpark.
UC Irvine: None.