Cal Baseball Falls to Washington State, 7-6
March 24, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Cal scored two runs in the bottom of ninth, but its comeback fell short as the Bears lost to Washington State, 7-6, Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Bears drop to 14-13 (1-4 in the Pac-10) on the season, while the Cougars improve to 10-16 (2-0 in conference). WSU had defeated Cal, 8-6, on Friday. Cal has now been involved in 11 one-run games this season, going 4-7 in those contests.
Washington State reliever Donny Davis got the Bears Ben Conley to fly out to center with a full count and a runner on third to stop Cal's ninth inning comeback. The Bears were down, 7-4, entering the inning when they got a leadoff single by freshman third baseman Conor Jackson, an RBI triple by junior second baseman Carson White and an RBI groundout from freshman catcher Spencer Wyman. Pinch runner Nick Medrano was on third after stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by WSU catcher Jon Baeder before Davis was able to end the game on Conley's fly out.
Cal also got two runs in the eighth inning on a two-run double by freshman Brian Horwitz off of Davis. However, the Cougars were able to get an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a passed ball charged against Wyman.
The winning pitcher for WSU was junior left-hander Justin Cayetano, who improved his record to 2-1, throwing 7.0 innings, three hits, three runs, one earned run, three walks and three strikeouts. Cayetano only gave up two hits through the first seven innings, both being doubles (by Chris Grossman in the fourth inning, Jeff Dragicevich in the sixth inning). The losing pitcher for the Bears was junior starter Ryan Atkinson (4.0 innings, six hits, three earned runs, one walk, one strikeout).
The Cougars scored two runs in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Stefan Bailie and an RBI single by Brent Robertson. WSU added a run in the fourth on a fielder's choice RBI by Tanner Kahler, scored two runs in the fifth on a wild pitch and an RBI ground out by Bookie Gates and had a run in the seventh on an RBI walk by Baeder. The Bears finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Dragicevich and a sacrifice fly by Grossman.
Gates and Robertson had two hits apiece for WSU. Bear freshman left fielder Brian Horwitz extended his hitting streak to 22 games by going 1-for-4 with his two-run double. Horwitz has now gotten a hit in 25 of the 26 games he's played in this season. Jackson was 1-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Dragicevich finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Cal will next host Washington State in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, Mar. 25 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Washington State: None.
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