Cal Baseball Falls to Washington State, 8-6

March 23, 2001

BERKELEY, CA - Cal, hurt by making a season-high five errors and giving up 16 hits, fell to Washington State, 8-6, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Bears drop to 14-12 (1-3 in the Pac-10) on the season, while the Cougars go to 9-16 (1-0 in conference).

Cal played sloppily on defense all game long as Cal starter Trevor Hutchinson suffered the loss, but only gave up three earned runs on the eight runs he surrendered (8.0 innings, 16 hits, no walks, three strikeouts). The winning pitcher for WSU was starter Tony Banaszak (3-4, 6.0 innings, 11 hits, five runs, one walk). Lanakila Niles earned his first collegiate save, pitching the final 3.0 innings (two hits, one run, no walks, four strikeouts).

WSU scored a run in the top of the first on an RBI single by Bookie Gates off of Hutchinson. The Bears tied the game 1-1 on an RBI single by freshman catcher Spencer Wyman in the second. The Cougars followed with two unearned runs in the third behind a two-run single by Tanner Kahler to take a 3-1 lead.

Cal then jumped ahead, 5-3, in the bottom of the third on a grand slam home run by senior first baseman Clint Hoover. It was Hoover's 33rd career homer, placing him fourth on the Bears all-time list. However, the Bears weren't able to hold the lead as they gave up four runs in the top of the fourth, with the big hits coming from an RBI double by Jon Baeder and an RBI triple from Justin Williams.

With the score 7-5, things settled down with neither team scoring until WSU got an insurance run in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by Tyson Boston. Cal was able to score one run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by freshman shortstop Jeff Dragicevich to make the final score, 8-6.

Cougar Evan Hecker finished the day 4-for-5 and Gates, Boston, Baeder, Williams and Kahler had two hits apiece. Bear freshman left fielder Brian Horwitz extended his hitting streak to 21 games by going 2-for-4. Horwitz has now gotten a hit in 24 of the 25 games he's played in this season. Other top hitters for Cal included Wyman, who was 3-for-4 with a double and freshman Conor Jackson was 2-for-4 with a double and extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Cal will next host Washington State in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, Mar. 24 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Washington State: None.

Cal: Hoover, grand slam in the third inning.

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