Cal Baseball Defeats Gonzaga, 10-2
Feb. 8, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - Led by the pitching of senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson and the hitting of Conor Jackson, John Baker, Carson White and David Nicholson, California defeated Gonzaga, 10-2, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 2-3 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-3.
Hutchinson, a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America, improved his record to 2-0 by pitching 8.0 innings with six hits, one earned run, no walks and seven strikeouts. It was his second game this season without issuing a walk. In two games, Hutchinson has thrown 15.0 innings with nine hits, one earned run, no walks and 18 strikeouts.
Offensively, Jackson had another outstanding game, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam in the seventh inning. The sophomore third baseman is batting .524 on the year (11-for-21) and has now hit a home run in each of his last three games. Junior catcher John Baker had a big hit for Cal in the fourth inning with a three-run homer off of Gonzaga starter John Gonzalez (0-1, 6.3 innings, 12 hits, eight runs, two walks, two strikeouts). Senior second baseman White was 3-for-4 with a double and freshman center fielder Nicholson was 3-for-4 as well.
The Bulldogs were paced by Eric Rodland and Kevin Richardson, who both went 2-for-4. After scoring an unearned run in the first inning on an RBI groundout by John Gebbers, Kemp Quackenbush gave Gonzaga its second run of the game with a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Cal will next host the second game of the three-game series versus Gonzaga, Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Gonzaga: Quackenbush, solo home run in the seventh inning.
Cal: Baker, three-run homer in the fourth inning. Jackson, grand slam in the seventh inning.