Cal Baseball Loses 9-8 Heartbreaker at San Jose State
Feb. 20, 2007
SAN JOSE, CALIF. - For the second game in a row the Cal baseball team fell in a high scoring back and forth contest, losing, 9-8, Tuesday night at San Jose State. The Golden Bears dropped to 5-5, losing their third consecutive one-run game. The Spartans improved to 7-3 and won their fourth game in a row. Cal had battled back from a 6-2 deficit by scoring six runs in the sixth inning - highlighted by four straight two-out hits, including RBI doubles by freshman Jeff Kobernus and senior Brett Munster, and a two-run triple by sophomore center fielder Michael Capbarat - only to give up three runs in the bottom of the sixth to fall, 9-8.
San Jose State had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI ground out off of Bear starter Alex Rollin (3.0 innings, four hits, four runs, three earned runs, one walk, one strikeout). Cal jumped ahead 2-1 in the top of the fourth on a two-run homer to center field by sophomore first baseman David Cooper. The Spartans answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and added two runs in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead.
The Bears' offense wasn't through, however. In the top of the sixth, Josh Satin and Cooper had one out walks, followed by an RBI single to center field by sophomore left fielder Ryan Hanlon. After another out, Kobernus scored Cooper with an RBI double, Capbarat knocked in Kobernus and Hanlon with his first career triple, and Munster plated Capbarat with a double. Freshman catcher Dylan Tonneson, in his first collegiate start behind the plate, scored Munster with an RBI single to left for an 8-6 Cal advantage.
Unfortunately for the Bears, that was the end of their scoring and sophomore reliever Travis Erickson (0-1, 2.0 innings, four hits, three runs, one walk) was not able to hold San Jose State, giving up three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The winning pitcher for the Spartans was reliever Brandon Hennessey (1-0, 2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, three strikeout), who entered in the sixth inning. Scott Sobczak earned his third save by pitching the final 1.3 innings with one hit.
Senior third baseman Stephen Carlson, Hanlon and Munster had two hits apiece for Cal. Donato Giovanatto went 5-for-5 with three doubles for the Spartans.
The Bears will next travel to Long Beach State for a two-game series, beginning Friday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Blair Field in Long Beach. After playing the 49ers on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., Cal will travel to UC Santa Barbara Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
Cal: Cooper, two-run homer in the fourth inning.