Cal Baseball Loses at UNLV, 9-6

March 11, 2006

LAS VEGAS, NEV. - UNLV (8-11) broke a 6-6 tie by scoring three runs in the last two innings on the way to a 9-6 victory over California (9-7) Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas. The series between the two schools is tied 1-1 going into Sunday's rubber match after the Golden Bears had won, 5-1, Friday night.

Cal had tied the game in the top of the seventh when freshman designated hitter Ryan Hanlon led off the inning with a double and scored on a RBI single by sophomore Taylor Grigsby. However, the Rebels responded by scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double by Michael Brenly and an RBI single by Ryan Kowalski off of Cal freshman reliever Matt Gorgen (1-2, 1.7 innings, four hits, two runs, one earned run, two walks, one strikeout). UNLV added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Willie Bowman.

The winning pitcher for UNLV was reliever Koji Pupo (1-1), who pitched the seventh inning (three hits, one run). Jabe Beard picked up his second save of the season, throwing the eighth and ninth innings, allowing only one hit.

The Bears had scored first in Saturday's contest on an RBI single by freshman right fielder Charlie Cutler in the second inning. The Rebels tied it at one apiece with Chris Bonnell's sacrifice fly in the third inning. Then, UNLV exploded for three runs in the bottom of the fourth off of Cal's freshman starter Tyson Ross (4.7 innings, five hits, six runs, five earned runs, four walks, two strikeouts) when Mike Cruz hit a three-double to center field with two outs.

The Bears responded by scoring twice in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run single by sophomore third baseman Josh Satin. UNLV answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Keith Smith, and an error by Satin that allowed Bonnell to score to give the Rebels a 6-3 advantage. Cal was able to come back when junior Chris Errecart hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth, and then Grigsby added his RBI single in the seventh. It was Errecart's second two-run homer of the series. Senior shortstop Allen Craig finished 3-for-4, Hanlon was 2-for-3 and Errecart was 2-for-4 for the Bears.

Cal will next play UNLV in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Mar. 12 at 1 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.

Home Runs:

Cal: Errecart, two-run homer in the sixth inning.

UNLV: None.

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