Cal Baseball Loses to Pacific, 6-5 in 10 Innings
March 19, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Pacific's Matt Berezay hit an RBI single off of California reliever Alex Trafton in the top of the 10th inning, scoring Adam Ching, who had led off the inning with a double, and giving the Tigers a 6-5 extra-inning win over the Golden Bears Sunday at Evans Diamond. Cal dropped to 11-10 overall, and Pacific improved to 13-7. Cal had won the first game of the series, 3-1, Friday at Evans Diamond, but lost 10-3 Saturday in Stockton and 6-5 in 10 innings on Sunday. It was the Bears' sixth one-run loss of the season.
The winning pitcher for Pacific was reliever Eric Stolp, who improved to 2-0, throwing the final 3.7 innings with two hits, one run, four walks and two strikeouts. Stolp held Cal in the bottom of the 10th, when with one out and pinch runner Kyle Spraker at second base, he was able to get Brennan Boesch to line-out to left field and Mike Van Winden to ground out to first. Trafton was the losing pitcher for the Bears (1-2, 0.7 innings, four hits, one run, no walks, one strikeout).
Cal let the game slip away by allowing the Tigers to score three times in the top of the ninth. The Bears had a 5-2 lead entering the ninth, but Ching scored on a Justin Baum double off of freshman reliever Matt Gorgen, Ramon Glasgow hit a sacrifice fly that scored Baum, and pinch hitter Jason Haar had an RBI single off of Trafton to tie the game, 5-5.
Cal had an opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Pacific shortstop Dale Hall made a nice play on a ball hit in the hole by Bear freshman Charlie Cutler with the bases loaded to preserve the tie and send the game into extra innings.
The Tigers started the day's scoring with a run in the first on an RBI single by Glasgow off of Cal starter Michael Cooper (6.0 innings, eight hits, two runs, one earned run, two walks, one strikeout). The Bears answered with a run in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by senior shortstop Allen Craig, and a run in the second inning on a RBI single by sophomore catcher Travis Howell off of Pacific starter Ty'Relle Harris (5.7 innings, six hits, three runs, four walks, four strikeouts).
Pacific scored again in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Anthony Jackson to tie the game, 2-2, but Cal scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to own the 5-2 advantage going into the top of the ninth. Howell had an RBI double in the sixth, Craig had an RBI double in the seventh and Stephen Carlson had a squeeze bunt that scored Cutler in the eighth.
Top hitters for the Bears were Craig and Howell, who both finished the day 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Craig is currently hitting .415, is on a 10-game hitting streak, and has had multiple-hit games in nine of his last 10 contests.
Cal will next host Sacramento State, Tuesday, Mar. 21 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears will then open Pac-10 play with a three-game series versus Washington, beginning Friday, Mar. 24 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.