Cal Baseball Wins 6-1 at UC Santa Barbara

Feb. 26, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. - The California baseball team exhibited strong pitching and hitting for the second day in a row, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 6-1, Monday at Cesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Golden Bears evened their record to 7-7, while the Gauchos dropped to 3-5. Cal had slowed down UCSB's offense on Sunday as well, winning 7-1, to capture the two-game series while outscoring the Gauchos, 13-2.

The Bears' stars Monday included sophomore first baseman David Cooper, who went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI. On the mound, junior reliever Nick Nunez picked up his first win for Cal, coming into the game in the third and throwing 3.7 innings of one-hit ball with no runs, one walk and one strikeout. Sophomore reliever Matt Gorgan picked up his second save of the year, throwing 3.0 innings with four hits, no runs, no walks and a career-high seven strikeouts.

Cal scored single runs in the first, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth innings. In the top of the first inning off of Gaucho starter Jeff Braun (0-2, 3.7 innings, three hits, three runs, four walks), Bear freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus doubled down the left field line to start the game and was scored by junior second baseman Josh Satin's RBI single up the middle. In the third inning, Cooper scored sophomore third baseman Michael Brady with a sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, Brady came through with an RBI single, scoring freshman right fielder Blake Smith, who led off the inning with a walk. Senior shortstop Brett Munster added an RBI single down the right field line in the fifth inning. Cooper then displayed his hitting prowess by hitting a solo home to right center field in the seventh inning, and a solo home run to center field in the top of the ninth.

The Gauchos scored their lone run in the third inning on a passed ball.

Besides Cooper's big day, Kobernus finished 3-for-4 with a double, and Brady was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cooper finished the two-game series at UC Santa Barbara 6-for-8 with a double, two home runs and five RBI.

The Bears will next play Bay Area rival Stanford in a three-game non-conference series beginning Friday, Mar. 2 at 5 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.

Home Runs:

Cal: Cooper, solo home run in the seventh inning. Cooper, solo home run in the ninth inning.

UC Santa Barbara: None

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