Cal Baseball Scores Five Runs in the Ninth to Defeat Santa Clara, 7-6
April 2, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - The Cal baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth, highlighted by a two-run double by John Baker and the game-winning RBI single by Ben Conley, to defeat Santa Clara, 7-6, Tuesday at Evans Diamond. The Bears, down 6-2 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, improved to 20-14 overall and the Broncos fall to 12-19.
Back on Feb. 12 at Santa Clara, Cal scored five runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Broncos, 10-7.
The Bears started their rally in the ninth when Conor Jackson led-off with a double. After Carson White flew out to deep center and Noah Jackson was hit by a pitch, David Nicholson had an RBI single to score Jackson. Brian Horwitz walked after Bronco first baseman Shawn Epidendio dropped a pop up in foul territory to extend the at-bat. Justin Nelson followed with a bases loaded walk, Baker had his two-run pinch hit double (advancing to third on a throw) and Conley wrapped up the rally with the game-winning hit in the hole to Bronco shortstop Pat Peavey.
The winning pitcher for Cal was the Bears sixth pitcher, senior Matt Payne (2-0, 1.3 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout). The losing pitcher was Santa Clara reliever Grant Feichtmeir (0-4, 0.3 innings, two hits, one earned run, two walks).
Conley finished the day 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the eighth inning and the game-winning RBI in the ninth. White was 2-for-4 and gave Cal its first run with a lead-off home run in the seventh inning against Bronco starter John Redmond (7.7 innings, four hits, two runs, two walks, one strikeout). For Santa Clara, A.J. LaBarbera led the game off with a solo home run. Jim Wallace had a two-run homer in the seventh inning and a two-run single in the eighth inning.
Cal next hosts UCLA in a three-game conference series, beginning Friday, Apr. 5 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Santa Clara: LaBarbera, solo home run in the first inning. Wallace, two-run homer in the seventh inning.
Cal: White, solo home run in the seventh inning. Conley, solo home run in the eighth inning.