No. 7 Cal Baseball Loses 18-2 at No. 6 Arizona State
April 27, 2008
TEMPE, ARIZ. - The No. 7-ranked California baseball team scored two runs in the top of the first inning on RBI singles from senior second baseman Josh Satin and sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson, but that was the highlight for the Golden Bears as they fell to No. 6-ranked Arizona State, 18-2, Sunday in the series final at Packard Stadium. Cal had dropped both Friday and Saturday's contests by the score of 11-7 to suffer its first series sweep of the season and lose three games in a row for the first time this season. The Bears dropped to 27-13-2 overall and 7-8 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils improved to 35-7 and 10-5 in league play.
The losing pitcher for the Bears was sophomore left-hander Chris Petrini (3-3, 1.2 innings, two hits, eight runs, three earned runs, five walks), who replaced starter Daniel Wolford in the first inning. The winning pitcher for ASU was left-hander Josh Satow, who improved his record to 5-2, throwing 5.0 innings with four hits, two runs, five walks and five strikeouts.
Cal finished with six hits on the day and was plagued by five errors. Besides Satin's and Jackson's run scoring singles, junior catcher Charlie Cutler, sophomore right fielder Blake Smith (double), freshman shortstop Brian Guinn and sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus registered hits for the Bears. Arizona State dominated the game by scoring 10 runs in the second inning and five runs in the fifth inning. The game was called after seven innings because of the Sunday travel rule of a 10-run advantage.
Cal will next play at Cal Poly on Wednesday, Apr. 30 at 6 p.m. in San Luis Obispo, before taking on Arizona in a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond, beginning Friday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Arizona State: Paramore, two-run homer in the third inning.