Cal Baseball Defeats San Francisco, 12-4

March 12, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - The Cal baseball team scored 12 runs on 14 hits and took advantage of four San Francisco errors on the way to a 12-4 victory over the Dons Tuesday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 14-9 on the year and USF goes to 7-14.

At the plate, Cal was led by freshman third baseman David Nicholson and senior second baseman Carson White with three hits apiece, Nicholson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and White was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI. Junior catcher John Baker went 2-for-2 with an RBI and freshman center fielder Justin Nelson hit his fourth home run of the season with a solo home run in the fifth inning.

The winning pitcher for the Bears was senior starter Ryan Atkinson (1-0), who was able to get the win due to a rule that allows a starter to get a win if he is on a predetermined pitch count. Atkinson, who sat out the end of last season with an injured right shoulder, pitched 2.0 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and a strikeout. Freshman Brent Hale also threw well for Cal, pitching 4.0 innings with four hits, no earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts.

The losing pitcher for San Francisco was starter Peter Dunkle (1-2, 3.3 innings, eight hits, six earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts). Royce Fukuroku (2-for-4, two doubles, two RBI) and Joe Jacobitz (2-for-3, two doubles) had two hits apiece for the Dons.

Cal next travels to UC Irvine for a three-game series beginning Friday, Mar. 15 at 7 p.m. at Anteater Ballpark.

Home Runs:

San Francisco: None.

Cal: Nelson, solo home run in the fifth inning.

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