Cal Baseball Shuts Out No. 11 UCLA, 16-0, at Jackie Robinson Stadium

May 6, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Behind a career-best outing from sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson and a 20-hit offensive attack, the Cal shut out No. 11-ranked UCLA, 16-0, Sunday afternoon to win game three of a Pac-10 series at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Golden Bears evened their record to 24-24 overall and improved to 8-10 in the Pac-10. UCLA fell to 27-19 and 12-3 in conference play. The Bruins had won the first two games of the series, 13-6 and 7-2.

Bennigson (4-3) was spectacular, throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and a career-high six strikeouts. Sophomore closer Matt Gorgen pitched the ninth inning with no hits, no runs, no walks and a strikeout. The losing pitcher for UCLA was starter Gavin Brooks (3-6), who went 3.1 innings with 10 hits, seven runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

Offensively, the Bears received three hits apiece from freshman right fielder Blake Smith (3-for-6, HR, two RBI), sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler (3-for-5, two RBI) and junior center fielder Taylor Grigsby (3-for-5, RBI); and two hits apiece from sophomore first baseman David Cooper (2-for-2, HR, three RBI), freshman left fielder Jeff Kobernus (2-for-3, 3B, two RBI), senior third baseman Brett Munster (2-for-5, 2B) and sophomore shortstop Michael Brady (2-for-5, 2B, two RBI).

Cooper got Cal's offense going by hitting a two-run homer to right field off of Brooks in the top of the first inning, scoring freshman designated hitter Rich Gorman, who had led off the game with a single to left field. The Bears added two runs in the third inning on Kobernus' RBI triple and Grigsby's RBI single to left field.

Cal tallied four more runs in the fourth inning when Munster doubled to right center field and scored on Brady's single up the middle. Brady later scored on a throwing error by UCLA's catcher. Cooper added an RBI single and Kobernus had a sacrifice fly to center to give the Bears an 8-0 lead.

In the fifth inning Smith knocked his fourth home run of the year with a solo shot. Cal scored twice in the seven inning on Cutler's two-out, two-run single to right field with the bases loaded. The Bears scored five times in the top of the ninth for the final 16-0 score on an RBI double by Brady, and RBI single by freshman Dylan Tonneson, a sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Josh Satin, an RBI single by freshman Brett Jackson and an RBI single by Smith.

Cal will next host San Jose State on Tuesday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears then break for finals before hosting USC in Pac-10 series, beginning Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond..

Home Runs:

Cal: Cooper, two-run homer in the first inning. Smith, solo home run in the fifth inning.

UCLA: None.

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