Cal Baseball Upsets No. 19 Nebraska, 8-7

Feb. 16, 2003

ROUND ROCK, TX - Junior right fielder Brian Horwitz hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth, scoring pinch runner Nick Medrano, to lead Cal to a 8-7 victory over No. 19 (ESPN poll) Nebraska Sunday at the Express College Classic in Round Rock, Texas. The Bears improved to 8-3 overall, while the Cornhuskers fell to 2-1. Cal finished 2-1 at the Express Classic, defeating Texas-Pan American, 20-5, on Friday, losing to Southwest Texas State, 6-5, in 13 innings Saturday.

The Bears played in another tight contest after losing in extra innings the day before. The Nebraska had tied the score, 7-7, in the top of the ninth on a two-out RBI double by Bubbs Merrill off of Cal's winning pitcher, freshman reliever Mike Padgett (1-1, 1.3 innings, one hit, one run, one walk, two strikeouts).

But, the Bears came back in the bottom of the ninth versus Cornhusker reliever Tim Schoeninger (0-1, 2.3 inning, two hits, one run). Junior third baseman Jeff Dragicevich led off with a single up the middle. Medrano than pinch ran for Dragicevich and was sacrificed to second base by David Nicholson. After Allen Craig advanced Medrano to third base on a ground out to shortstop, Horwitz came through with the game-winning, two strike single to right field.

Horwitz, Dragicevich and Conor Jackson were Cal's top hitters on the day. Horwitz finished 2-for-5 with two RBI, including a game tying RBI in the seventh inning. Dragicevich was 3-for-4 with and RBI in the Bears' four-run fourth inning. Jackson was 2-for-2 with an RBI single in the first inning and the go ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Ben Conley and Matt Einspahr had back-to-back RBI singles in Cal's four run fourth inning as well.

The Bears also received some strong relief pitching from sophomore Kyle Crist (4.3 innings, four hits, one run, two walks, three strikeouts), who replaced starter Brent Hale in the third inning.

Cal will next host Saint Mary's, Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond, before travelling to Long Beach State for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Long Beach's Blair Field.

Home Runs:

Nebraska: None.

Cal: None.

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