No. 11 Cal Baseball Defeats No. 5 Long Beach State, 10-6

March 29, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 11-ranked California baseball team went a long way in establishing itself as one of the elite teams in the nation as the Golden Bears defeated No. 5-ranked Long Beach State for the second day in a row, winning, 10-6, Saturday at Evans Diamond. Cal; led by junior first baseman David Cooper's two home runs and solid relief pitching from Kevin Miller, Daniel Wolford and Matt Gorgen; improved to 17-5-1 overall. Long Beach State, which loses its first series of the season, fell to 17-6.

The winning pitcher for the Bears was freshman right-hander Miller, who replaced starter Craig Bennigson (4.1 innings, four hits, six runs, three walks, six strikeouts) in the fifth inning and threw 2.2 innings with no hits, no runs, two walks and four strikeouts to improve his record to 3-0. The losing pitcher for the 49ers was starter Vance Worley (3-1), who threw 6.0 innings with 12 hits, nine runs, six earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

Preseason All-American Cooper started the game's scoring with a solo home run off of Worley with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. The 49ers came back with a flurry when former Cal Bear Jason Corder (transferred in 2007) hit a grand slam off of Benningson in the third inning to give Long Beach State a 4-1 advantage. But, the Bears were able to tie the game, 4-4, by scoring three times in fourth inning on back-to-back-to-back RBI singles with two outs by sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus, sophomore right fielder Blake Smith and sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson.

Long Beach State recaptured the lead, 6-4, by scoring twice in the fifth inning on RBI singles by Jonathan Jones and Taylor Krick, only to see the Bears come back again with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on senior second baseman Josh Satin's two-run double down the third base line. Satin's hit in the fifth inning extended his school-record hitting streak to 27 games.

Finally, Cal took the lead for good when Tonneson hit a one-out home run in the bottom of the sixth. The Bears added two more insurance runs in the seventh inning on Kobernus' RBI double and Tonneson's sacrifice fly to left, and Cooper hit his second home run of the day with two outs in the bottom of the eighth for the final 10-6 score. Cooper nearly had a three-home run day as 49er left fielder Steve Tinoco had robbed Cooper of a roundtripper by catching the ball over the left field fence in the fourth inning.

Cooper finished the day 3-for-5 with two home runs, and junior left fielder Charlie Cutler, Satin (two doubles), sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson, Kobernus and Tonneson had two hits apiece. Wolford, who transferred to Cal from Long Beach State, replaced Miller in the eighth inning and yielded one hit and one walk, but was able to strike out the side. Gorgen gave up no hits, no runs, no walks and had two strikeouts in the top of the ninth inning.

The Bears will next host Long Beach State in the third game of the three-game series at Evans Diamond, Sunday, Mar. 30 at 1 p.m. Cal won game one, 6-1, Friday behind 8.0 stellar innings from junior right-hander Tyson Ross.

Home Runs:

Long Beach State: Corder, grand slam in the fourth inning.

Cal: Cooper, solo home run in the first inning, Tonneson, solo home run in the sixth inning. Cooper, solo home run in the eighth inning.

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