Cal Baseball Falls To No. 4 Arizona State, 7-4
March 16, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Despite having leads three different times, the California baseball team still fell to No. 4 ranked Arizona State, 7-4, in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both schools Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Bears fall to 13-10 (0-1) on the season, while the Sun Devils improve to 18-4-1 (1-0).
ASU was led by the hitting of Casey Myers and Brook Conrad with three hits apiece. Myers was 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Conrad was 3-for-4 with two RBI. The Sun Devils also received outstanding relief pitching from Drew Friedberg (3-0, 2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts) and Bryce Kartler (second save of the season, 3.0 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts).
Cal had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run double by senior first baseman Clint Hoover off of ASU starter Jon Switzer (4.0 innings, four runs, two earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts). The Sun Devils were able to comeback to tie the game on a two-run single by Casey Myers off of Cal starter Trevor Hutchinson in the top of the third. The Bears countered with a run in the bottom of the third when Ben Conley scored on a Switzer wild pitch. ASU responded with an RBI single by Mike Lopez in the top of the fourth to tie the game, 3-3.
The Bears mustered their third lead of the day in the bottom of the fourth on an error by ASU second baseman Steve Garrabrants on a ball hit by Brad Smith, scoring Conor Jackson. But, that was all the scoring for Cal as the Sun Devil pitching settled down, holding the Bears hitless the rest of the way. Meanwhile, ASU scored two runs in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Brooks Conrad and two runs in the seventh inning on an RBI single from Rod Allen and a hit-by-pitch RBI by Chris Duffy.
The losing pitcher for Cal was Hutchinson (2-4, 4.7 innings, seven hits, five runs, four earned runs, four walks, two strikeouts). The Bears only had four hits in the game, but one of the hits was by freshman Brian Horwitz (1-for-3), who extended his hitting streak to 18 games and has now gotten a hit in 21 of the 22 games he's played this season. Ben Conley had a double in the third inning for Cal.
The Bears will next host No. 4 ranked Arizona State in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, Mar. 17 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Arizona State: None.