Cal Baseball Defeats Loyola Marymount, 5-4

Feb. 7, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - Cal junior catcher Chris Grossman hit a home run off of Todd Lundwall with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Bears to a 5-4 victory over Loyola Marymount Friday at Evans Diamond. Cal improved its record to 3-2, while the Lions lost their season-opener.

The winning pitcher for the Bears was sophomore closer Jesse Ingram (1-0), who got pinch hitter James Cooper to ground into a double play to end the top of the ninth inning. Grossman's home run capped an impressive comeback for Cal. Loyola Marymount had scored four runs off of the Bears' starter, Matt Brown in the first three innings (6.0 innings, seven hits, four runs, three walks, four strikeouts), but Cal slowly picked away at the Lions' lead.

The Bears scored a run in the second on an RBI single by freshman shortstop Allen Craig, a run in the fifth on an RBI double by senior left fielder Ben Conley and a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by junior right fielder Brian Horwitz. Cal finally tied the game, 4-4, on a RBI single by Conley with two outs in the eighth inning.

At the plate, Conley went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Grossman was 2-for-5 with a home run. Sophomore David Nicholson, Horwitz, and freshman center fielder Jeremy Burchett also had two hits apiece. Burchett had an impressive, run saving catch with two runners on in the eighth inning.

Joshua Whitesell and Chris Pettit had three hits apiece for Loyola Marymount. Whitesell had an RBI single in the first inning and a solo home run in the third inning. The Lions had four solid innings from starter Joshua Muecke (4.0 innings, three hits, one run, three walks, four strikeouts).

The Bears will next host Loyola Marymount in the second-game of the three-game series, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Loyola Marymount: Whitesell, solo home run in the third inning.

Cal: Grossman, solo home run in the ninth inning.

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