2001 Cal Baseball Team Defeats Alumni, 5-2
Jan. 21, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The California baseball team, under the direction of second-year coach David Esquer, opened the 2001 season with a 5-2 victory over the Alumni in the annual Alumni Game Sunday at Evans Diamond.
The Cal Alumni squad, which included former standouts Xavier Nady, Jason Hill and Jon Zuber, jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Nady hit a first pitch two-run homer over the left field field in the top of the first inning off of Bear pitcher Jeff Lyles. Nady, who plays in the San Diego Padres organization, is the Cal career leader in home runs (57) and RBI (191).
However, that was all the scoring the Alumni could produce as the 2001 Cal team scored twice in the bottom of the third inning on solo home runs by sophomore shortstop Brent Cook and sophomore left fielder David Weiner. The current Bears then scored another run in the sixth inning when freshman shortstop Jeff Dragicevich scored freshman third baseman Matt Einsphar with a sacrifice fly to right field. Cal scored twice more in the seventh inning when freshman catcher Spencer Wyman and freshman right fielder Andy Hnilo hit back-to-back triples, and Hnilo later scored on a passed ball.
Cal will officially begin the 2001 season when it travels to Santa Clara, Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Bears home opener is versus Santa Clara, Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The third game of the three-game series versus Santa Clara will be Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Home Runs:Cal Alumni: Nady, two-run homer in the first.
Cal: Cook, solo home run in the third. Weiner, solo home run in the third.