Cal Baseball Loses at No. 19 Arizona State, 9-3

May 27, 2006

TEMPE, ARIZ. - After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings, the California baseball team surrendered nine straight runs, falling to No. 19 Arizona State, 9-3, Saturday night at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Golden Bears dropped to 26-27 overall and 9-14 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils improved to 35-19 and 13-10 in league play.

Cal scored two runs in the top of the first inning on four straight singles by junior center fielder Brennan Boesch, senior third baseman Allen Craig, junior left fielder Chris Errecart and sophomore designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky. The Bears added another run off of ASU starter Tony Barnette (6-1, 7.0 innings, seven hits, three runs, no walks, 10 strikeouts) in the second inning. Sophomore Mike Van Winden led-off the frame with a single, advanced to second on sophomore shortstop Kyle Spraker's sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on senior right fielder Rob Nesbitt's single to left, and scored on Boesch's fielder's choice grounder.

But, that was all of Cal's scoring for the contest. The Sun Devils came back with a run in the fourth and two runs in the sixth off of the Bears' freshman left-hander Chris Petrini (3-2), who had limited ASU to only four hits in a career-high 6.7 innings, with five earned runs, two walks and a career-high eight strikeouts. The Sun Devils then tacked on four more runs in the seventh inning and two more runs in the eighth for the final 9-3 margin of victory.

Karnofsky finished the evening with two hits for Cal. Mike Jones had a pair of hits for ASU, and Colin Curtis and Eric Sogard had two RBI apiece for the Sun Devils. Sogard had hit a two-run homer off of Petrini in ASU's two-run sixth.

The Bears will next face ASU in the third game of the three game series, Sunday, May 28 at 1 p.m. at Packard Stadium.

Home Runs:

Cal: None.

Arizona State: Sogard, two-run homer in the sixth inning.

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