Cal Baseball Wins Doubleheader over Portland, 9-5 and 4-3

Feb. 11, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Led by solid pitching and hitting, the California baseball team won both ends of a doubleheader Sunday versus the University of Portland, defeating the Pilots, 9-5 and 4-3, at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 4-1 and captured their second series of the season, while Portland dropped to 0-2.

In game one, Cal was led by sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross, who improved his record to 2-0 by pitching 6.0 innings with only one hit, no runs, three walks and four strikeouts. After scoring a run in the second inning on an RBI single by sophomore third baseman Michael Brady, the Bears exploded for seven runs in fourth inning off of Pilot starter Danny Meier (0-1, 3.0 innings, seven hits, six earned runs, four walks, three strikeouts). Key hits for Cal in the fourth were a lead-off double by freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus, an RBI single by senior shortstop Brett Munster, bases loaded walks by freshman center fielder Brett Jackson and junior second baseman Josh Satin, a two-run double by sophomore first baseman David Cooper and an RBI single by Kobernus.

The Bears added another run in the eighth inning on an RBI double by Satin. Cooper finished game one 3-for-4 with a two-run double. Portland was limited to four hits.

In game two, junior right-hander Alex Rollin picked up his second win of the season by throwing 5.0 innings with eight hits, two runs, two walks and three strikeouts. After sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson threw the next 3.0 innings of shutout ball (two hits, no walks, three strikeouts), sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen picked up his first save of the year, throwing the ninth inning (one hit, one run).

Cal had trailed 1-0 in game two, but scored four runs in the fourth inning on RBI singles by Kobernus, junior center fielder Taylor Grigsby (on a squeeze bunt), Munster and senior third baseman Stephen Carlson off of Portland starter Given Kutz (0-1, 6.0 innings, nine hits, four runs, two walks, five strikeouts). The Pilots were able to get within 4-3 on single runs in the fifth inning and the top of the ninth, but the Bears held on for the win behind the steady pitching of Rollins, Bennigson and Gorgen.

Cal will next host the University of San Francisco on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears then host UNLV in a three game series, beginning Friday, Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs Game One:UP: Justin Pierce, solo home run in the seventh inning.Cal: None.

Home Runs Game Two:UP: None.Cal: None.

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