No. 5 Cal Baseball Defeats Santa Clara, 16-8

April 9, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 5-ranked California baseball team pounded out a season-high 21 hits, including home runs from junior first baseman David Cooper and sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus, on the way to a 16-8 victory over Santa Clara Wednesday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who avenged a 7-5, 10-inning loss at Santa Clara Mar. 25, improved to 22-7-2 overall. The Broncos fell to 17-12.

The winning pitcher for Cal was sophomore left-hander Todd Fitzgerald (1-1), who replaced freshman starter Stephen Pistoresi (3.0 innings, five hits, three runs, one strikeout) in the fourth and threw 3.1 innings with six hits, three runs, one walk and two strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Santa Clara was starter Matt Wickswat (2.0 innings, six hits, six runs, four walks).

The Broncos had taken an early lead by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning off of Pistoresi on RBI singles by Tommy Medica and Gabe Alcanter. But, the Bears stormed back by scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning on RBI singles by sophomore right fielder Blake Smith and junior shortstop Michael Brady, a sacrifice fly by junior left fielder Charlie Cutler, and a fielder's choice RBI by senior second baseman Josh Satin.

From there, Cal continued to pile on runs with Brady hitting a two-run single in the third. In the fourth inning, sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson had an RBI single and Brady added a fielder's choice RBI. In the fifth inning, Cooper hit a two-run homer, Jackson had another RBI single and a sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson hit a sacrifice fly to left. In the sixth, Cooper and Satin had back-to-back RBI doubles and freshman Mark Canha had an RBI single up the middle. Finally, the Bears scored their 16th run on Kobernus' solo home run in the eighth inning.

Cooper, Satin, Kobernus and Jackson finished the game with three hits apiece, while Cooper had his 14th home run of the year and Satin had a pair of doubles and has now hit safely in 29 of 30 games he has played in this season. Brady had a season-high four RBI.

The Bears, 4-2 in conference action, will next continue their Pac-10 slate when they travel to USC for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Apr. 11 at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles.

Home Runs:

Santa Clara: Nathan Faulkner, two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Cal: Cooper, two-run homer in the fifth inning. Kobernus, solo home run in the eighth inning.

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