Cal Baseball Falls to UNLV, 4-2, In Game Two Of Series
Feb. 2, 2002
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Cal baseball team (1-1) fell to host UNLV (1-1), 4-2, Saturday in the second game of the three-game series at Earl Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas. The Bears had won the first game of the series, 2-0, Friday night.
The contest went back and forth with Cal coming back from a 1-0 deficit by scoring two runs in the seventh inning. With one out in the seventh, sophomore shortstop Jeff Dragicevich hit a triple off the center field fence. True freshman Justin Nelson followed with an RBI double down the right field line, and then junior Ben Conley scored Nelson with an RBI single to right center.
However, the Bears weren't able to hold the 2-1 lead, giving up three runs in the bottom of the seventh to lose 4-2.
The losing pitcher for Cal was redshirt freshman reliever Jesse Ingram (1.3 innings, two hits, two runs, no walks, three strikeouts), who with one out in the seventh gave up a single and a double. True freshman Travis Talbott came in an induced a pop up to third base in foul territory, but then true freshman Joe Todoroff gave up a two-run double to the Rebels' Brent Johnson and an RBI single to David Trujillo and that was the ballgame.
Dragicevich was the Bears' top hitter, going 3-for-4 with a doulbe in the fifth inning, a triple in the eighth and a single in the ninth. Sophomore Brian Montalbo was solid in his start, going 5.0 innings with five hits, one run, two walks and three strikeouts. Montalbo gave up his lone run in the bottom of the first on a close call on a potential double play that would have ended the inning.
Cal will next play UNLV in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. at Earl Wilson Stadium.