Cal Baseball Topped by No. 19 Arizona State, 7-6 in 11 innings
May 28, 2006
TEMPE, ARIZ. - The California baseball team lost its final game of the 2006 season in another heartbreaking fashion, losing to No. 19 Arizona State, 7-6 in 11 innings Sunday at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Golden Bears, who lost their 12th one-run game of the season, dropped to 26-28 overall and 9-15 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils improved to 36-19 and 14-10 in league play.
Cal freshman left-hander Michael Bugary walked Ike Davis with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th to allow the winning run. Ryan Sontag had tripled off of Bear freshman Matt Gorgen (3-5, 1.0 inning, one hit, one run, two walks, one strikeout) to lead-off the 11th, and then Cal elected to intentionally walk Willy Fox and Eric Sogard to load the bases and set up a force out at any base. Unfortunately for the Bears, Bugary walked the first batter he faced, Davis, on a 3-1 count.
After ASU had jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first two innings, Cal exploded for six runs in the top of the third off of Sun Devil starter Davis. Senior third baseman Allen Craig led-off with a single and junior left fielder Chris Errecart walked. After sophomore Jordan Karnofsky grounded out to first to advance Craig and Errecart, junior second baseman Brett Munster followed with an RBI single, sophomore catcher Travis Howell had a fielder's choice RBI, sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden hit a sacrifice fly, senior right fielder Rob Nesbitt had an RBI double and junior center fielder Brennan Boesch ended the inning's scoring with a two-run single.
ASU came back from the 6-3 deficit by scoring a run in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Sogard off of Cal's freshman starter Tyson Ross (7.0 innings, nine hits, four runs, two earned runs, three walks, seven strikeouts). The Sun Devils then sent the game into extra innings by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth when Sogard had a two-out, two-run single off of the Bears' senior reliever Jeremy Burchett.
Offensively, Boesch, Craig and Munster finished with two hits apiece to pace the Bears.
Arizona State: None.