Cal Baseball Defeats Sacramento State, 8-2

March 21, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Led by the hitting of junior center fielder Brennan Boesch and the pitching of seven California hurlers, the Golden Bears topped visiting Sacramento State, 8-2, Tuesday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 12-10 overall, and the Hornets fell to 11-16.

The Bears were down 2-1 after Sacramento State's Kyle Atrat hit a two-run homer to right field in the top of the fifth inning, scoring Buddy Morales, who had been hit by a pitch. Cal came roaring back when Hornet starter Cyrus Sarraf (0-2, 5.0 innings, five hits, five runs, one earned run, two walks, two strikeouts) walked sophomore catcher Travis Howell to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. Freshman designated hitter Michael Brady then reached on a fielder's choice after Sacramento State second baseman Patrick Cummins dropped the ball on a potential force out at second base. After Sarraf was able to get an out, Mike Van Winden knocked in Howell with an RBI single up the middle, and Boesch later powered a two-out, three-run homer to right center field for a 5-2 Cal lead.

The Bears added three runs in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI double by Boesch, a double steal by Boesch and Josh Satin that allowed Boesch to score, and an RBI single by freshman left fielder Ryan Hanlon.Cal had scored the first run of the day on a RBI groundout by Van Winden in the third inning. Van Winden finished the day 1-for-2 with two RBI, while Boesch was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Cummins, Morales, Atrat and Everet Rincon had two hits apiece for the Hornets.

The winning pitcher for the Bears was sophomore right-hander Nick Tess (1-0, 1.0 inning, two hits, two runs), who threw the fifth inning for Cal.

The Bears will next open Pac-10 play with a three-game series versus Washington, beginning Friday, Mar. 24 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Sacramento State: Atrat, two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Cal: Boesch, three-run homer in the fifth inning.

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