Cal Baseball Defeats San Jose State, 5-3
Feb. 27, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The California baseball team, behind a three-run homer by freshman third baseman Conor Jackson in the first inning and solid pitching from junior Jason Dennis and freshman Brian Montalbo, defeated San Jose State, 5-3, Tuesday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 9-4 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 7-6-1.
Jackson hit his first collegiate home run, a three-run shot to left-center field in the bottom of the first off of San Jose State starter Jeremy Rogelstad (0-1, 3.0 innings, three hits, three runs, no walks, four strikeouts), to give the Bears an early advantage.
The Spartans battled back to make the game 3-2 with a lead-off double by Junior Ruiz in the fourth inning off of Cal reliever Montalbo (4.7 innings, four hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts). Ruiz ended up scoring by advancing to third on a Montalbo wild pitch, and later scored on a Montalbo balk. San Jose State tacked on another run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Ryan Brucker. The Bears were able to prevent the Spartans from tying the game on Brucker's hit when Cal right fielder Rob Meyer threw Mark Bautista out at the plate.
San Jose State threatened in the top of the ninth off of Cal reliever David Cash (1.3 innings, one hit, one unearned run, three strikeouts) when Ryan Adams got on on a Conor Jackson error. Cash was able to strikeout pinch hitter Jamie Hiegal, but walked Gary Ferraro, then struckout pinch hitter Patrick Wood, but gave up an RBI double to pinch hitter Zack Zwisseg, scoring Adams. With the score, 5-3, Cash was able to get Gabe Lopez to ground out to second to earn his second save of the season.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was junior starter Jason Dennis, who was making his first appearance since 1999 after sitting out last season after having Tommy John elbow surgery. Dennis had a predetermined pitch count (allowing him the win), throwing 3.0 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. Jackson and Horwitz had two hits apiece for Cal, while Ruiz went 2-for-3 with a double for San Jose State.
Cal will next travel to Stanford for a three-game non-conference series, beginning Friday, Mar. 2 at 6 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Home Runs:San Jose State: None.
Cal: Conor Jackson, three-run homer in the first inning.