Cal Baseball Falls to No. 5 Missouri, 7-5
Feb. 29, 2008
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - The University of California baseball team was not able to rebound from giving up five runs in the bottom of the first inning to No. 5 Missouri, losing to the Tigers, 7-5, Friday afternoon in the second day of the University of San Diego Tournament, held at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the San Diego State campus. The Golden Bears, who had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on junior first baseman David Cooper's two-run homer, dropped to 3-1-1, while Missouri improved to 4-1.
Cooper, who has now hit five home runs in five games this season with 15 RBI, got Cal on top early when his shot over the left field fence scored sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman, who had led-off the game with a single to center field. Unfortunately for the Bears, sophomore left-hander Todd Fitzgerald (0-1, 0.2 inning, five hits, five runs, one walk) struggled in the bottom of the first, giving up five runs, including a grand slam to Tiger left fielder Aaron Senne.
Cal continued to battle and ended up tying Missouri with 14 hits apiece, but left 13 runners on base. The Tigers added a run in the second inning off of Bear reliever Nick Nunez (1.1 innings, one hit, one run, three walks, two strikeouts), and a run in the fourth off of Cal freshman right-hander Stephen Pistoresi (3.0 innings, six hits, one run). Down 7-2, the Bears mounted a comeback by scoring a run in fifth inning on sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson's RBI single through the right side, and two runs in the sixth inning on senior second baseman Josh Satin's two-run single, to get within 7-5.
The winning pitcher for Missouri was junior right-hander Aaron Crow (2-0, 5.0 innings, eight hits, three earned runs, two walks, 10 strikeouts). Ryan Allen earned his first save of the year (1.1 innings, one hit, no runs, two strikeouts).
Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus finished the game 3-for-5, while Cooper (2-for-5, HR, two RBI), Satin (2-for-5, two RBI), Jackson (2-for-5, RBI) and junior shortstop Michael Brady (2-for-2) had two hits apiece on the day.
Cal will next play No. 22-ranked San Diego State, Saturday, Mar. 1 at 6 p.m. at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Cal: Cooper, two-run homer in the first inning.