Cal Baseball Falls to No. 12-ranked Long Beach State, 7-6
Feb. 10, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - In a back and forth game, the California baseball team fell just short of No. 12-ranked Long Beach, losing, 7-6, Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. It was the third one-run loss in-a-row for the Golden Bears, who fell to 1-4 on the year. The 49ers improved to 4-0.
Down 7-4, Cal scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-out, two-run double by freshman pinch hitter Charlie Cutler to get within, 7-6. The Bears again threatened in the bottom of the eighth on a one-out single by sophomore Josh Satin and a double by senior shortstop Allen Craig off of Long Beach State reliever Mike Malott. But, the 49ers replaced Malott with Donnie Hume, who was able to get Brennan Boesch to hit a grounder to Evan Longoria, who made a fine defensive play and threw Satin out at the plate.
Hume went on to earn his second save of the year, throwing the final 1.7 innings with no hits, no runs and one walk. The winning pitcher for Long Beach State was reliever Scott Turmail (1-0), who came in in the fifth inning and threw 1.7 innings with one hit. The losing pitcher for Cal was freshman reliever Chris Petrini (0.7 innings, one hit, three runs, two walks), who replaced starter Brandon Morrow in the sixth (5.0 innings, eight hits, four runs, two earned runs, two walks, one strikeout).
Freshman right-hander Matt Gorgen threw well for the Bears and kept them in the ballgame, pitching the final 3.3 innings with two hits, no runs, one walk and one strikeout.
The 49ers started the day's scoring with three runs in the top of the second, courtesy of two Cal errors and a RBI double by Tito Cruz, a sacrifice fly by Edgar Sedano and a RBI single by Robert Perry off of Morrow. The Bears answered with a run in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by junior left fielder Chris Errecart, his second home run in the last two games. Long Beach State added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Godfey.
Cal was able to battle back by tallying three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game, 4-4, on a two-run single by Errecart and a RBI single by sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden down the left field line. However, the 49ers turned right around and scored three times in the top of the sixth on another RBI single by Perry, a RBI single by Longoria and a RBI double by Sean Boatright to extend their lead to 7-4.
Perry was 4-for-5 with two RBI to lead Long Beach State. Errecart finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, while Craig was 2-for-5 with a double, and Van Winden was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Cal next plays the second game of the three-game series versus Long Beach State, Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Former Cal standout and major league All-Star Jeff Kent will be throwing out Saturday's first pitch.
Cal: Errecart, solo home run in the second inning.