No. 25 Cal Baseball Upsets No. 8 Long Beach State, 6-3
Feb. 22, 2003
LONG BEACH, CA - Paced by a four-run first inning and stellar pitching by junior right-hander Brian Montalbo, the No. 25 ranked Cal baseball team upset No. 8 ranked Long Beach State, 6-3, Saturday at Blair Field in Long Beach. The Bears, who received their second consecutive strong pitching performance, improved to 10-4 overall, while Long Beach State fell to 7-4. Cal had lost to the 49ers, 1-0, Friday night, with Matt Brown pitching 7.0 innings and only allowing one unearned run.
The Bears exploded for four runs in the first inning off of the 49ers' Preseason All-American Jered Weaver (2-1, 7.0 innings, three hits, four runs, two walks, six strikeouts) via a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Chris Grossman and a three-run double by freshman center fielder Jeremy Burchett. After walking Jeff Dragicevich to start the second inning, Weaver went on to retire 18 Bears in a row, but the damage had been done.
Meanwhile, Montalbo (2-0) was impressive, pitching a career-high 8.3 innings with five hits, three runs, one walk and five strikeouts. Montalbo had limited Long Beach State to only one run for the majority of the game, giving up an RBI single in the second inning, before allowing two runs to score in the bottom of the ninth. Sophomore closer Jesse Ingram (0.7 inning, one hit, one strikeout) was able to get the final two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Seven different Bears - David Nicholson, Allen Craig, Brian Horwitz, Conor Jackson, Grossman, Burchett, Justin Nelson - had single hits for Cal. The Bears added two insurance runs in the eighth inning on a RBI double by Jackson and a RBI single up the middle by Grossman.
Cal will next face Long Beach State in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at Blair Field.
Long Beach State: None.
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