Chris Grossman's Two Home Runs Lead Cal to 9-2 Victory Over Fresno State

April 16, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - Paced by two home runs by sophomore catcher Chris Grossman, the Cal baseball team defeated Fresno State 9-2 Tuesday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 24-18 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 20-20.

Grossman had a career day, going 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the second inning and a three-run homer in the seventh inning. Sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson also hit a homer for the Bears, a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Carson White was 3-for-5, and David Weiner, David Nicholson and Nick Medrano had two hits apiece for Cal as well.

The winning pitcher for the Bears was senior reliever Matt Payne, who improved his record to 3-0 by pitching 3.0 innings with one hit, no earned runs, one walk and one strikeout. Payne was one of five pitchers to throw for Cal. The losing pitcher for Fresno State was starter Francisco Nieves (1-3, 5.0 innings, six hits, four runs, two walks, four strikeouts). Casey McGehee was 2-for-4 and Brendon Suga had an RBI single in the second inning for the Bulldogs.

The Bears next travel to Arizona State for a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Apr. 19 at 6 p.m. at Hohokam Park in Mesa, AZ.

Home Runs:

Fresno State: None.

Cal: Grossman, two-run homer in the second inning. C. Jackson, two-run homer in the sixth inning. Grossman, three-run homer in the seventh inning.

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