Cal Baseball Loses, 8-7, to Rhode Island

March 17, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The California baseball team lost its seventh one-run game of the season, losing 8-7 to Rhode Island (2-10) Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who dropped to 11-12, had gotten within a run in the seventh inning with sophomore first baseman David Cooper and junior second baseman Josh Satin led off with back-to-back singles, and Cooper eventually scored on a wild pitch. Unfortunately for Cal, Ram reliever Jamie Degidio was able to get out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts with Satin on third.

The Bears had another chance in the bottom of the ninth, but Degidio (2.2 innings, no hits, no runs, two walks, six strikeouts) earned his first save of the season when he was able to strikeout pinch hitter Mike Van Winden with two outs and runners on second and third. The winning pitcher for Rhode Island was starter Adam Perkins (1-2, 6.1 innings, 12 hits, seven runs, one walk, one strikeout). The losing pitcher for Cal was sophomore reliever Dane Ferguson (1-1, 0.2 innings, two hits, three runs, two earned runs, two walks), who entered the game during the Ram's five-run fifth inning.

Rhode Island scored first with two runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by Gregg Allen off of Bear starter Nick Nunez (4.0 innings, seven hits, four runs, one walk, four strikeouts). Cal came back to capture the lead by scoring two runs in the third on an RBI single by senior shortstop Brett Munster, and a sacrifice fly to center by Cooper; and two runs in the fourth on a two-run single by sophomore third baseman Michael Brady.

But the Rams recaptured the lead, 7-4, by scoring five times in the top of the fifth behind Dave Savard's two-run double, Scott Brown's RBI single, an RBI groundout by Zach Zaneski and a passed ball on Cal catcher Charlie Cutler.

The Bears remained close when junior designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky had an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth. Rhode Island scored its eighth run in the top of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly to center field by Ryan Cunningham to go up, 8-5. Again, Cal threatened when junior right fielder Taylor Grigsby led off the sixth inning with his first career homer to left, and the Bears scored on Degidio's wild pitch in the seventh inning, but then were unable to score the eighth run with runners in scoring position in the seventh and ninth innings.

Cal finished with 12 hits, with freshman center fielder Jeff Kobernus, Karnofsky and Grigsby recording two hits apiece. Savard was 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Rams.

The Bears will next host Rhode Island in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Mar. 18 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal defeated the Rams, 7-6 behind Satin's game-winning RBI in the 11th inning, on Friday.

Home Runs:

Rhode Island: None.

Cal: Grigsby, solo home run in the sixth inning.

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