Cal Baseball Falls to No. 22 UCLA, 4-2

April 28, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Senior right fielder Rob Nesbitt hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give Cal a 2-1 lead, but that was all the scoring the Golden Bears could produce, falling to No. 22 UCLA, 4-2, Friday in a Pac-10 game at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears dropped to 19-22 overall and 6-10 in the conference. The Bruins improved to 24-17 and 8-5 in league play.

UCLA was led by a complete game effort from junior right-hander Hector Ambriz, who improved his record to 6-5, throwing 9.0 innings with four hits, two runs, one walk and five strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Cal was junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, who dropped to 7-2, pitching 8.0 innings with 10 hits, four runs (two earned), no walks and four strikeouts.

The Bruins struck first with a run in the top of the first inning on a single up the middle by Chris Jensen, who finished the day 2-for-3. The Bears came back on Nesbitt's two-run homer in the third inning, scoring junior second baseman Brett Munster, who got on with a one-out single.

UCLA took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning when, with two outs, Brandon Crawford bunted down the first base line, scoring Jensen, who had led-off the inning with a single. The Bruins added an insurance run in the eighth on a RBI single by Brett McMillan.

Cal finished the day with only four hits (Nesbitt, Munster, Allen Craig, Brennan Boesch) off of Ambriz. Jermaine Curtis was 3-for-4 for UCLA.The Bears will next host the Bruins in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Apr. 29 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

UCLA: None.

Cal: Nesbitt, two-run homer in the third inning.

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