Cal Baseball Loses at No. 20 Long Beach State, 4-1
Feb. 23, 2007
LONG BEACH, CALIF. - Despite a solid outing by sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross, the California baseball team (5-6) lost to No. 20 Long Beach State (7-4), 4-1, Friday night at Blair Field in Long Beach. Ross had shut down the 49ers for the first five innings until shortstop Danny Espinosa broke open the game with a bases loaded clearing double to right field in the sixth inning to give Long Beach State a 3-1 advantage. Espinosa's RBI double in the eighth inning made the final score, 4-1.
The Golden Bears had gotten on the board first, scoring a run in the fourth inning on a fielder's choice with one out. A hit and run moved sophomore first baseman David Cooper from first to third, before freshman right fielder Blake Smith scored Cooper on a grounder to second base to make the score 1-0.
Ross had scattered just four hits over the first five innings. His record dropped to 1-2 after giving up four runs on nine hits with only two walks and a season-high eight strikeouts in 7.3 innings.
The winning pitcher for Long Beach State was Vance Worley (1-0), who threw 7.0 innings with five hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts. Bryan Shaw threw the ninth inning with one strikeout for his third save of the season.
Espinosa finished the evening 2-for-3 and drove in four runs with two doubles. Senior third baseman Stephen Carlson went 2-for-4 for the Bears.
Cal and the 49ers will play the second game of the two-game series Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Blair Field in Long Beach.
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