Cal Baseball Defeats No. 22 UCLA, 9-4
April 30, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - On Senior Day, California senior shortstop Allen Craig had a career day, going 3-for-5 with a double and a career-high five RBI, helping Cal to a 9-4 victory over No. 22-ranked UCLA Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who have now captured Pac-10 series over Washington, Arizona, Washington State and UCLA this season, improved to 21-22 overall and 8-10 in the conference. The Bruins fell to 24-19 and 8-7 in league play. UCLA won 4-2 Friday, but Cal came back to win 3-2 in 11 innings Saturday, and 9-4 Sunday.
There were other offensive standouts for the Bears besides Craig, as sophomore catcher Travis Howell went a career-high 3-for-4 with a RBI double, junior center fielder Brennan Boesch was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, and junior left fielder Chris Errecart was 2-for-5. Sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden also had a key RBI for Cal.
The winning pitcher of the Bears was freshman reliever Matt Gorgan (3-4), who pitched the final 3.7 innings, allowing only one hit with no runs, no walks and three strikeouts. Cal also received solid pitching from junior starter Michael Cooper (3.0 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts) and freshman left-hander Chris Petrini (2.3 innings, five hits, two runs, one walk). The losing pitcher for the Bruins was starter Tyson Brummett (5-5, 5.3 innings, eight hits, six runs, one walk, five strikeouts).
The Bears had to come from behind as UCLA scored a run in the first on a Cooper wild pitch, a run in the third on a sacrifice fly to center field by Jermaine Curtis, and a run in the fourth on a grounder by Josh Roenicke. Down 3-0, Cal scored a run in the fourth on Van Winden's two-out single, scoring Boesch who had hit a one-out double. The Bears then exploded for three runs in each of the next two innings. In the fifth, Craig had a two-run single up the middle and Boesch hit a sacrifice fly to left. In the sixth, after an RBI ground out by UCLA's Curtis in the top of the inning, Howell had a RBI double and Craig knocked a two-run double to left.
The Bears added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run double by Boesch.
Cal will next host Stanford Monday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. in a non-conference game that is a make-up game from a Mar. 5 rain-out. The Bears will then travel to Saint Mary's on Tuesday, May 2 for a 2 p.m. game, before visiting Stanford for a three-game Pac-10 series against the Cardinal, beginning Friday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.