Cal Baseball Loses at Santa Clara, 12-7

April 5, 2006

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - Plagued by Santa Clara's seven-run third inning and five errors, the Cal baseball team fell to the Broncos, 12-7, Wednesday at Stephen Schott Stadium. The Golden Bears are now 16-13 overall and Santa Clara improved to 18-13.

The Broncos had scored three runs in the first two innings, but Cal came back to tie the game with three runs in the top of the third behind a lead-off double from junior second baseman Brett Munster and RBI singles by sophomore right fielder Taylor Grigsby, junior center fielder Brennan Boesch and junior left fielder Chris Errecart.

Unfortunately for the Bears, their relief pitching and fielding struggled in the bottom of the third. Freshman left-hander Michael Bugary (0-1) gave up two hits and two walks, and sophomore right-hander Alex Rollin gave up three hits, compounded by a fielding error on a potential double play ball by shortstop Allen Craig, to allow the seven runs.

Down 10-3, Cal was able to battle back by solid relief pitching from freshman right-hander Matt Gorgen (3.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, four strikeouts) and freshman left-hander Craig Bennigson (1.0 inning, no hits, no walks, one strikeout). The Bears scored two runs in fourth on a two-run triple to center field by Grigsby, a run in the fifth on a RBI single by sophomore third baseman Josh Satin, and a run in the seventh on a solo home run by junior catcher Garrett Bussiere to make the score, 10-7.

But, Santa Clara was able to tack on two more unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final 12-7 margin.

The winning pitcher for the Broncos was starter Donald Brandt (2-1, 3.0 innings, six hits, three runs). Cal, which out hit Santa Clara, 10-9, was led at the plate by Grigsby, who was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI, and Bussiere and Satin with two hits apiece.

The Bears will next travel to USC for a three-game Pac-10 series against the Trojans, beginning Friday, Apr. 7 at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. Both Cal and USC are on top of the league standings with 4-2 marks.

Home Runs:

Cal: Bussiere, solo home run in the seventh inning.

Santa Clara: None

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