No. 12 Cal Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Loyola Marymount

March 15, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 12-ranked California baseball team split a doubleheader versus Loyola Marymount Saturday at Evans Diamond; winning, 21-9, in the morning game, and losing, 6-2, in the nightcap. The Golden Bears' record went to 12-2-1 on the year, while the Lions record sits at 8-9. The two teams will play the final game of the four-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday at Evans Diamond. Cal won game one of the series, 10-4, on Friday.

In Saturday's opening game, the Bears scored runs in each of the first seven innings, including six runs in the fourth inning and four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. With the score tied, 6-6 going into the bottom of the fourth, Cal put on an impressive offensive display when it had back-to-back-to-back home runs. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus hitting a grand slam to left center field versus LMU starter Mike Kenney (3-1, 3.0 innings, eight hits, eight earned runs, two walks, one strikeout), followed by junior first baseman David Cooper and senior second baseman Josh Satin hitting solo home runs to straight center field off of Lion reliever Lee Roberts.

The Bears ended up scoring 21 runs on 19 hits with six home runs. Besides HRs from Kobernus, Cooper and Satin; sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman hit his first collegiate home run to lead-off the bottom of the first inning, sophomore right fielder Blake Smith his a solo shot in the second inning and junior shortstop Michael Brady had a two-run homer in the second inning. Freshman left fielder Mark Canha was also impressive at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three RBI.

The winning pitcher for Cal in Saturday's first game was freshman right-hander Kevin Miller (2-0), who relieved junior left-hander Craig Bennigson in the fifth inning and pitched 3.1 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and one strikeout.

In Saturday's second game, the Bears scored first in the third inning when freshman shortstop Brian Guinn led-off with a triple and scored on Kobernus' sacrifice fly to center. LMU then jumped ahead in the top of the fourth inning when the Lions' Andy Preston hit a three-run homer off of Cal sophomore left-hander Chris Petrini. The Bears were able to get within, 3-2, by scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth on Kobernus' fielder's choice RBI, but LMU knocked in two insurance runs in the seventh and a run in the top of the ninth for the final 6-2 margin of victory.

Petrini (2-1) was the losing pitcher for the Bears (6.2 innings, seven hits, four earned runs), despite not walking anyone and striking out a career-high nine batters. The winning pitcher for the Lions was freshman right-hander Martin Viramontes (6.0 innings, four hits, two runs, three walks, four strikeouts).

Home Runs Game One:

Loyola Marymount: Songco, three-run homer in the fifth inning.

Cal: Gorman, solo home run in the first inning. Smith, solo home run in the second inning. Brady, two-run homer in the second inning. Kobernus, grand slam in the fourth inning. Cooper, solo home run in the fourth inning. Satin, solo home run in the fourth inning.

Home Runs Game Two:

Loyola Marymount: Preston, three-run homer in the fourth inning.

Cal: None.

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