Cal Baseball Shuts Out Sacramento State, 15-0
May 12, 2009
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Junior center fielder Brett Jackson nearly hit for the cycle and finished with a career-high eight RBI, while six California pitchers combined for a shutout as the Golden Bears defeated Sacramento State, 15-0, Tuesday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 23-27 overall and the Hornets fell to 27-23. Jackson went 4-for-6 with an RBI single in the second inning, a grand slam in the third inning and a three-run triple in the sixth inning to account for his eight RBI. In the eighth inning, Sacramento State left fielder Ivan Otsuka made a tumbling catch to prevent Jackson from a possible double.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was junior left-hander Chris Petrini (3-3), who was the second of Cal's six pitchers, entering the game in the second inning and throwing 2.0 innings with no hits). Bear starter Kevin Miller and relievers Michael Bugary and Sean Barber each had two strikeouts apiece as Cal yielded on five hits to the Hornets and recorded eight strikeouts.
Besides Jackson, freshman outfielder Danny Oh went 4-for-5 with an RBI and juniors Blake Smith and Jeff Kobernus had two hits apiece. In the last five games, Kobernus has gone 9-for-21 (.429) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and five RBI.
Cal scored two runs in the second inning off of Hornet starter Chris Baek (4-5, 2.0 innings, six hits, seven runs, four walks, three strikeouts) on an RBI single to left field by freshman third baseman Marcus Semien and an RBI single to center field by Jackson. The Bears exploded for eight runs in the third inning on a throwing error by Hornet catcher Justin Lamb, a bases loaded walk by freshman catcher Chadd Krist, a fielding error by Sac State third baseman Josh Powers, a bases loaded walk by sophomore left fielder Austin Booker and Jackson's grand slam.
Cal added five runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by freshman right fielder Danny Oh and Krist, and Jackson's three-run triple down the right field line.
The Bears will take the rest of the week off for finals before hosting USC in their final Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Sacramento State: None.
Cal: Brett Jackson, grand slam in the third inning.