Cal Baseball Loses to No. 21 Long Beach State, 8-1
Feb. 15, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - Long Beach State broke a 1-1 tie by scoring four runs in the top of the eighth inning and sealed the win with three runs in the ninth on the way to a 8-1 victory over Cal Friday at Evans Diamond. The No. 21 ranked 49ers improved to 3-1, while the Bears fell to 4-5.
The winning pitcher for Long Beach State was reliever Josh Alliston (1-0, 4.0 innings, four hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts), who replaced starter Abe Alverez (5.0 innings, five hits, one run, no walks, one strikeout) in the sixth inning. The losing pitcher for Cal was starter Trevor Hutchinson (2-1, 8.0 innings, six hits, five runs, four walks, nine strikeouts), who had a no hitter entering the sixth inning.
The leading hitters for the 49ers were Jeremy Reed, Chris Wright and Nick Covarrubias, with two hits apiece. Todd Jennings had a key two run single for Long Beach State in the four-run eighth inning. The Bears got their lone run in the third inning when freshman center fielder David Nicholson hit his first collegiate home run. Sophomore right fielder Brian Horwitz and junior catcher John Baker added two hits apiece for Cal.
Cal will host the second game of the three-game series versus Long Beach State Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Long Beach State: None.
Cal: Nicholson, solo home run in the third inning.