Cal Baseball Tops Oral Roberts, 8-3

March 23, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Bolstered by the pitching of junior right-hander Nick Nunez and the offensive production of Josh Satin and David Cooper, the Cal baseball team defeated Oral Roberts, 8-3, Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears evened their record to 13-13 and the Golden Eagles fell to 11-10. The two teams will now play the rubber match Sunday, Mar. 24 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Oral Roberts had won a 2-1 squeaker over Cal on Friday.

Nunez, making only his second start this season for Cal after transferring from Consumnes River College, threw a career-high 6.0 innings with six hits, one earned run, no walks and three strikeouts to improve his record to 2-0. Junior second baseman Satin was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning and an RBI ground out in the seventh, while sophomore first baseman Cooper was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the fifth and an RBI single in the seventh.

The losing pitcher for the Eagles was junior Jeremy Hefner (3-1, 5.0 innings, eight hits, five runs, one walk, seven strikeouts), who lost his first game of the year after pitching successfully early in the contest with seven strikeouts in the first three innings. Hefner yielded a solo home run to Satin in the second inning, then gave up an RBI single to sophomore left fielder Ryan Hanlon in the fourth inning, and three runs on freshman center fielder Jeff Kobernus' RBI single and Cooper's two-run single in the fifth inning.

After Satin's solo shot in the second inning, Oral Roberts came back to take a brief 2-1 lead when Chad Rothford hit a two-run homer to center field off of Nunez. But the Bears tied the game, 2-2, on Hanlon's RBI, and regained the advantage with their three-run fifth inning. Cal then tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning off of Eagle reliever Erik Crichton on an RBI single by senior third baseman Stephen Carlson, Cooper's RBI single and Satin's RBI groundout to shortstop. Sophomore shortstop Michael Brady had led off the seventh with a double, followed by Mike Van Winden's bunt single.

Oral Roberts scored its final run of the day on Stephen Pearson's fielder's choice RBI in the top of the eighth. Sophomore closer Matt Gorgen finally shut down the Eagles by throwing the final 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs and two strikeouts.

Home Runs:

Oral Roberts: Rothford, two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Cal: Satin, solo home run in the second inning.

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