Cal Baseball Defeats Centenary, 9-8, in 10 Innings

Feb. 26, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - Sophomore Brian Horwitz hit an RBI single over the right fielder's head with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead Cal to a 9-8 victory over Centenary Tuesday at Evans Diamond. The Bears won their fifth game in a row to improve to 9-6, while the Gents fell to 4-11.

The winning pitcher for Cal was sophomore reliever Matt Brown, who improved his record to 2-0 by pitching the final 3.0 innings with two hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. The Bears, bolstered by two home runs by sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson and a clutch two-out single by pinch hitter Chris Grossman in the bottom of the ninth inning, came back from a 8-3 deficit by scoring two runs in the eighth inning and three runs in the ninth. The losing pitcher for Centenary was reliever Paul Kurpinsky (0-1, 0.3 innings, one hit, one run, one walk). The Gents went through eight pitchers.

Jackson is continuing an outstanding 2002 season as he has hit safely in all 15 games this season and is currently batting .476 with four doubles, two triples, six home runs and 20 RBI. He had a solo home run for Cal in the third inning and hit a lead-off home run in the eighth inning and finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBI. Horwitz, sophomore shortstop Jeff Dragicevich and junior catcher John Baker also had big games. Horwitz finished 2-for-5 with three RBI, Dragicevich was 3-for-4 with two RBI, including a key RBI single in the ninth inning and Baker was 2-for-4 with a double.

Tony Cardone was 3-for-5 with an RBI for Centenary. Larry Branson had a two-run homer in the fifth inning and B.J. Grenda had a solo homer in the seventh for the Gents.

Cal next travels to North Carolina for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Mar. 1 at 3 p.m. EST in Chapel Hill, NC.

Home Runs:

Centenary: Branson, two-run homer in the fifth inning. Grenda, solo home run in the seventh inning.

Cal: C. Jackson, solo home run in the third inning. C. Jackson, solo home run in the eighth inning.

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