Cal Baseball Topped by UC Santa Barbara, 4-3

March 10, 2001

BERKELEY, CA - The Cal baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of ninth, but it wasn't enough as the Bears lost to UC Santa Barbara, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Bears have now lost four straight games and go to 10-9 on the season, while the Gauchos, winners of seven straight, improve to 10-4. It was Cal's sixth one-run loss of the season.

The Gauchos got all of their runs in the sixth inning on a two-out grand slam by shortstop Jeff Brannon off of Cal starter Ryan Atkinson (0-2, 6.0 innings, six hits, four runs, three walks, two strikeouts). The Bears again struggled at the plate, this time against UCSB starter Rylie Ogle, who pitched 8.3 innings with four hits, two runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

However, Cal made a nice comeback in the bottom of the ninth, with a key two-run double by senior first baseman Clint Hoover against Gaucho reliever Jamie Gonzales. The Bears were able to score another run on a throwing error by UCSB second baseman Chad Peshke on a ball hit by James Holder, but Gonzales was able to strikeout freshman catcher Spencer Wyman to end the ballgame and earn his second save of the season.

Cal was led at the plate by freshman center fielder Brian Horwitz, who was 2-for-4 with a double and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Cal will next host UC Santa Barbara in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Mar. 11 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:UC Santa Barbara: Bannon, grand slam in the sixth.

Cal: None.

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