Cal Baseball Defeats Columbia, 5-2

March 14, 2001

BERKELEY, CA - The California baseball team won its third game in a row with a 5-2 victory over Columbia Wednesday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 13-9 on the season, while the Lions fall to 0-11.

Columbia scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning on an RBI double by Joseph Catson off of Cal starter Andrew Sproul. Meanwhile, Lion starter Brian McKitish held the Bears hitless until the fourth inning. Then with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, freshman left fielder Brian Horwitz got Cal on the board with a solo home run to left field. Clint Hoover followed with a walk and then McKitish gave up back-to-back RBI doubles to freshman Conor Jackson and sophomore John Baker to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.

Cal added a run in the sixth inning on an RBI ground out by Jackson and a run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by freshman catcher Spencer Wyman. Columbia got its second run on an RBI single by Justin Berti in the eighth inning.

The winning pitcher for the Bears was Sproul, who improved his record to 2-0 (5.0 innings, three hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts). McKitish (0-2, 6.0 innings, five hits, four runs, three earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts) suffered the loss for the Lions. Freshman Matt Brown picked up his fourth save of the season, pitching the top of the ninth (one hit, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts).

Horwitz was Cal's leading hitter, going 3-for-4 with his solo homer. He extended his hitting streak to 17 games and has now gotten a hit in 20 of the 21 games he has played in this season. Junior Carson White added two hits for the Bears with a double in the seventh inning. Keith Palmieri had two hits for Columbia.

The Bears will next host No. 4 ranked Arizona State in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Mar. 16 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Columbia: None.

Cal: Horwitz, solo home run in the fourth inning.

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