Cal Baseball (25-19, 7-7) Falls to Arizona State, 4-3 in 10 Innings
April 20, 2002
MESA, AZ - Despite a gutsy pitching performance by Trevor Hutchinson, the Cal baseball team lost a heartbreaker to Arizona State, 4-3 in 10 innings Saturday at Hohokam Park in Mesa, AZ. The Bears go to 25-19 overall and 7-7 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils improve to 25-14, 9-5 in conference. Cal had defeated ASU, 9-5, in the first game of the series Friday.
Freshman left-hander Travis Talbott threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, allowing ASU shortstop Sergio Garcia to score the winning run. Senior reliever Matt Payne (3-1) suffered the loss when he gave up a lead-off single to Garcia and then later threw a wild pitch that allowed Garcia to advance to third. The Bears were forced the next two batters to load the bases in hopes of a double play, but Talbott's second pitch allowed the winning run to score.
Hutchinson ended up pitching what amounted to the length of a complete game, throwing 9.0 innings with three runs, four walks and six strikeouts. He now has 272 career strikeouts, just four strikeouts short of surpassing school record-holder Doug Weiss' 275 strikeouts from 1955-57.
Cal got its runs when freshman third baseman David Nicholson hit a lead-off home run in the second inning and sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson hit a two-out home run in the third inning. Then in the top of the eighth, sophomore designated hitter David Weiner hit a clutch two-out RBI double to tie the game, 3-3.
Weiner finished the contest 3-for-6 and Jackson, Nicholson, Carson White, John Baker and Brian Horwitz all had two hits apiece for the Bears. Jackson and Nicholson had also homered for Cal in Friday night's win.
The Bears will play the third game of the three-game series versus Arizona State Sunday, Apr. 21 at 1 p.m. at Hohokam Park in Mesa, AZ.
Cal: Nicholson, solo home run in the second inning. C. Jackson, solo home run in the third inning.
Arizona State: None.