Cal Baseball Ends Regular Season With 16-10 Victory at Kansas State
May 13, 2001
MANHATTAN, KS - Helped by a season-high seven runs in the fifth inning and six runs in the eighth inning, Cal defeated Kansas State, 16-10, Sunday at Frank Myers Field in Manhattan, KS. The Bears finished the 2001 regular season 33-23 overall (14-10 in Pac-10 play) and the Wildcats fall to 25-28. Cal's 33 wins is the Bears most regular season wins since 1991 and they concluded the regular season winning seven of their last eight games and seven of their last nine Pac-10 contests.
Cal's seven-run fifth inning was important as the Bears were down 4-0, behind two, two-run KSU homers, and had two-outs in the fifth when they exploded for seven runs on five hits and one Wildcat error. Cal's key hits were an RBI single by Rob Meyer, a two-run single by Carson White, a two-run double by Clint Hoover and an RBI single by Brian Horwitz.
The Bear weren't able to hold their 7-4 lead as the Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Cal responded with three runs in the sixth on a two-run double by John Baker and an RBI single by Hoover. Kansas State tied the game, 10-10, with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Bears were finally able to take control of the game offensively with six runs in the eighth inning on four hits and another Wildcat error. Big hits in the eighth were a two-run single by Horwitz and two-run single by Jeff Dragicevich and an RBI single by Ben Conley
The winning pitcher for Bears was senior reliever David Cash, who improved his record to 10-3, pitching 2.7 innings with three hits, two runs, three walks and four strikeouts. Cash now has a career mark of 23-7. His 23 career wins is fifth on the Cal career win list and his 10 wins this season is tied for sixth on the Bears single-season win list.
Cal's freshman closer, Matt Brown, pitched the final two innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Kansas State was reliever James Brazeal (1-5, 2.7 innings, five hits, six runs, one walk, one strikeout).
Cal is now looking towards being one of the 64 teams selected to an NCAA Regional. The NCAA Regional field will be announced Monday, May 21 at noon on ESPN.
Kansas State: Maloney, two-run homer in the first inning. Pfannenstiel, two-run homer in the fourth inning. Cavender, solo home run in the fifth inning.