Cal Baseball Sweeps Santa Clara With 7-1 Win

Feb. 4, 2001

SANTA CLARA, CA - The California baseball team defeated Santa Clara, 7-1, Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium to sweep a three-game series from the Broncos. Cal had defeated Santa Clara, 7-3 Friday at Santa Clara and 4-3 Saturday in Berkeley. The Bears improve to 3-0, while the Broncos fall to 0-4. It was the first time Cal had swept a three-game series since sweeping Washington State, Mar. 14-16, 1998.

The Bears were able to win the third game of the series behind solid pitching from freshman starter Brian Montalbo and strong hitting from freshman left fielder Brian Horwitz, senior first baseman Clint Hoover , senior right fielder Rob Meyer and freshman catcher Chris Grossman.

Montalbo, who was a fourth round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves out of Dimond High School in Anchorage, AK, pitched 5.0 innings with no runs, six hits, two walks and three strikeouts in his first start at Cal. Horwitz went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Hoover was 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the ninth inning, Meyer was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Grossman, making his first start behind the plate for the Bears, went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

The losing pitcher for Santa Clara was freshman starter John Redmond (3.0 innings, six hits, three runs, two earned runs, three walks).

'The key to us sweeping this series was that we pitched well and played good defense,' said Cal coach David Esquer. 'Brian Montalbo didn't have his best stuff today, but he battled and he is just going to get better and better. The third game of a series is more mental than physical. It is real easy to feel satisfied after winning the first two games.'

Cal will next begin a three-game series versus Brigham Young, beginning Thursday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:Cal: Hoover solo home run in the ninth.

Santa Clara: None.

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