Cal Baseball Defeats Sacramento State, 5-2
March 13, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Behind a solid outing from freshman right-hander Brian Montalbo and an 11-hit attack, the Cal baseball team defeated Sacramento State, 5-2, Tuesday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 12-9 on the season, while the Hornets, who had won four straight games before the loss, go to 13-9.
Cal struck first with two runs in the second inning on a throwing error by Sacramento State starter Steve Cuckovich on a sacrifice bunt by Carson White, and an RBI single by freshman catcher Spencer Wyman. The Hornets countered with a run in the top of the third on an RBI single by Cory Williams off of Montalbo.
The Bears finally were able to take control of the game with two runs in the fourth inning on a two-out, two-run single by senior right fielder Rob Meyer. Cal added an insurance run in the eighth inning when the Bears scored on a throwing error by Hornet second baseman Williams. Sacramento State got its second run of the game on a lead-off homer by Chris Kinsey in the top of the ninth.
Montalbo (2-0) pitched a season-high 6.3 innings with four hits, no earned runs, five walks and tied a season-high with seven strikeouts. Cuckovich (2-2) threw 6.0 innings with nine hits, four runs, one walk and six strikeouts.
Meyer, Wyman and Brad Smith led the Bears with two hits apiece, while freshman Brian Horwitz extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a lead-off single in the fifth inning. Horwitz has now gotten a hit in 19 of the 20 games he has played in this season.
The Bears will next host Columbia, Wednesday, Mar. 14 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Sacramento State: Kinsey, solo home run in the ninth.