Cal Baseball Defeats No. 22 UCLA, 3-2, in 11 Innings
April 29, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch hit a chopper that bounced over the shortstop's head with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead Cal to a 3-2 win over No. 22 UCLA Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who snapped a five-game losing streak, improved to 20-22 overall and 7-10 in the conference. The Bruins fell to 24-18 and 8-6 in league play. The series is now tied one game apiece as UCLA won 4-2 Friday.
Cal won the game when with one out in the 11th inning, senior shortstop Allen Craig and junior left fielder Chris Errecart had back-to-back singles to center off of UCLA reliever Jason Novack (1-1, 0.3 innings, two hits, one run). The Bruins then brought in Paul Oseguera, who had a full-count on Boesch, before yielding the game-winning hit. A key play in the inning was a double steal by Craig and Errecart that enabled Craig to score on Boesch's hit.
The winning pitcher of the Bears was senior reliever Alex Trafton (2-3), who had pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 11th.
Cal scored the first runs of the day in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run homer by Errecart off of UCLA starter Dave Huff. Huff was impressive after that point, throwing 10.0 innings with seven hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Bruins got back in the game by scoring a run in the second on a RBI single by Josh Roenicke off of the Bears' freshman starter Tyson Ross, who limited UCLA to only two hits in 5.0 innings (one run, five walks, seven strikeouts). The Bruins then tied the game in the top of the ninth on a RBI groundout by Chris Jensen.The Bears received strong relief pitching from freshman left-hander Craig Bennigson (3.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk, two strikeouts), who had replaced Ross with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and was able to hold the Bruins scoreless. Bennigson then pitched effectively in the seventh and eighth innings, before giving up a single to Ryan Babineau to lead-off the ninth, which ended up being the tying run. UCLA left 12 runners on base for the day.
Rob Nesbitt, Craig, Errecart and Boesch each had two hits for Cal, while Brandon Crawford and Babineau had two hits apiece for the Bruins.
The Bears will next host the Bruins in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Apr. 30 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Errecart, two-run homer in the first inning.
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