Cal Baseball Loses To San Jose State, 10-6, in Home Opener
Feb. 6, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - Bolstered by a seven-run sixth inning, San Jose State defeated host California, 10-6, Wednesday at Evans Diamond. The Spartans improve to 4-0 on the season, while the Bears lost their third straight and fell to 1-3.
Cal had jumped out to a 3-0 lead by scoring three times in the bottom of the first off of SJS starter Frank Esposito. Sophomore third baseman Conor Jackson had an RBI triple to center field, senior second baseman Carson White had an RBI single up the middle and freshman designated hitter Matt Einspahr had an RBI single to right.
But the Spartans came back to tie the game, 3-3, in the third inning on an RBI single by Kevin Frandson, an RBI ground out by Ryan Adams and an RBI single by Bryan Baker. The Bears responded with two runs in the fourth on an RBI double by junior left fielder Ben Conley and an RBI single by Jackson to take a 5-3 lead.
Then the wheels came off for the Cal pitching staff. San Jose State scored seven times in the sixth off of relievers Jesse Ingram (0-2, 1.3 innings, one hit, three runs, two walks, two strikeouts), Matt Payne and Travis Talbott, giving up four hits, two walks and hitting two batters. Finally, freshman Brent Hale got a strikeout to end the sixth inning and went on to retire 10 straight Spartans (3.3 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts).
The Bears did get an additional run in the seventh inning on a solo home run by Conor Jackson off of San Jose State's winning pitcher, reliever Jahseam George (1-0, 5.3 innings, one hit, one run, one walk, five strikeouts). Jackson finished the day 3-for-5 with a triple, home run and three RBI to lead Cal. Baker and Jordan Bergstrom had two hits apiece to lead the Spartans.
Cal will next host a three-game series versus Gonzaga, beginning Friday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
San Jose State: None.
Cal: Jackson, solo home run in the seventh inning.