Cal Baseball Loses at Saint Mary's, 9-4

May 7, 2001

MORAGA, CA - After coming back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead, Cal couldn't hold its advantage, falling 9-4 to Saint Mary's Monday in Moraga. The Bears fall to 30-23 overall and the Gaels improve to 17-33.

The winning pitcher for Saint Mary's was starter Eric Bowden (3-8), who pitched 8.3 innings with 10 hits, four runs, four walks and nine strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Cal was reliever Ryan Lubner (1-2, 3.3 innings, six hits, three runs, three walks, two strikeouts).

The Gaels had jumped out to a 3-0 lead off of Bear starter Andrew Sproul (3.0 innings, three runs, one walk, one strikeout), with the big hit being a two-run homer by Brian Houle in the second inning. Cal got back into the game by scoring a run in the fifth on a double play ball hit by Rob Meyer that scored Brent Cook. The Bears then scored three runs in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Meyer, a sacrifice fly by Carson White and a wild pitch by Bowden.

Unfortunately, that was the end of Cal's runs. Saint Mary's took back control of the contest by scoring three runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth inning with the help of two Bear errors.

Top hitters for Cal were freshman third baseman Conor Jackson (3-for-4) and freshman left fielder Brian Horwitz (2-for-4, double).

The Bears will next host Santa Clara, Tuesday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal finishes the regular season May 12-13 at Kansas State.

Home Runs:

Cal: None.

Saint Mary's: Houle, two-run homer in the second inning.

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