Cal Baseball (7-3) Defeats Loyola Marymount, 8-5

Feb. 18, 2001

LOS ANGELES, CA - Behind the stellar pitching of senior right-hander David Cash and two, four-run innings, the California baseball team defeated Loyola Marymount, 8-5, Sunday in Los Angeles. The Bears, who won two-of-three games against the Lions, improve to 7-3 on the season, while the Lions fall to 8-5. Cal had won game one of the series Friday, 14-6, and lost Saturday, 9-8.

The Bears had fallen behind the Lions, 4-0, after the bottom of the first inning when Cash gave up hits to the first four LMU batters, including a three-run homer to Tommy Perez. He later gave up an RBI double to account for the Lions fourth run in the first before striking out the last two batters. From that point on, Cash pitched a career-high 8.0 innings with seven hits, five runs, one walk and tied a career-high nine strikeouts. Between the third and eighth innings, he retired 17 straight batters before giving up a solo home run to Perez with two outs in the eighth. Cash is now 3-0 on the season and has a 16-4 record as a Golden Bear.

Senior Andrew Sproul game in in the ninth inning (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, one strikeout) to pick up his first save of the season. Reliever Chris Gray (1-1, 5.3 innings, four hits, four unearned runs, two walks, five strikeouts) suffered the loss for LMU.

Cal scored four runs in the third inning on a two-run homer by senior first baseman Clint Hoover, an RBI double by freshman outfielder Brian Horwitz and an RBI single by freshman left fielder Noah Jackson. In the Bears four-run fifth inning, they were help by two LMU errors, a balk by Gray and a two-run single by freshman third baseman Conor Jackson.

At the plate, Cal was paced by Hoover (2-for-5, home run, two RBI), Horwitz (2-for-5, double, RBI) and freshman shortstop Jeff Dragicevich (2-for-5, double). Hoover finished the three-game series 8-for-15 with a double, a home run and four RBI.

Cal will next host Saint Mary's, Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:Cal: Hoover, two-run homer in the third inning.

Loyola Marymount: Perez, three-run homer in the first inning. Perez, solo home run in the eighth inning.

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