Cal Baseball Defeats UNLV, 2-0, In Season Opener in Las Vegas
Feb. 1, 2002
LAS VEGAS, NV - Led by the stellar pitching of senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson and sophomore closer Matt Brown, and the hitting of sophomores James Holder and Conor Jackson, Cal defeated host UNLV, 2-0, in the Bears' 2002 season opener in Las Vegas.
Hutchinson, a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America, got the win, going 7.0 innings with three hits, no runs, no walks and 11 strikeouts. Brown, the 2001 Pac-10 saves leader (eight), picked up his first save of the year, pitching 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and four strikeouts. The Cal pitching staff got 15 of its 28 outs via strikeouts. Of Hutchinson's 77 pitches on the evening, 60 were strikes.
Offensively, the Bears got their first run of the night in the second inning when first baseman Holder hit a lead-off home run to left-center field off of UNLV starter Robbie Van (0-1, 4.0 innings, three hits, one run, three walks, five strikeouts). It was only Holder's second hit of his college career. Cal got an insurance run in the eighth inning when third baseman Jackson hit an RBI triple down the right field line, scoring sophomore shortstop Jeff Dragicevich, who had led off the inning with a walk. Jackson finished the day going 2-for-3 with the RBI triple.
Sophomore right fielder Brian Horwitz got the Bears their other hit, knocking a single to right center in the first inning. Horwitz also had an outstanding catch in foul territory in the seventh inning, doubling up a UNLV baserunner.
'It was just a tremendous pitching performance from Hutchinson and Brown,' said Cal head coach David Esquer, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 'We did get some big hits from Holder and Jackson, but the name of the game was pitching tonight.'
Cal will next play UNLV in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at Earl Wilson Stadium.
Cal: Holder, solo home run in the second inning.