No. 25 Cal Baseball Loses to No. 8 Long Beach State, 6-1

Feb. 23, 2003

LONG BEACH, CA - No. 8 ranked Long Beach State scored six runs in the seventh and eight inning to defeat No. 25 Cal, 6-1, Sunday at Blair Field in Long Beach. The Bears fell to 10-5 overall, while Long Beach State improved to 8-4. Cal had lost to the 49ers, 1-0, Friday night, and defeated Long Beach State, 6-3, Saturday.

The Bears let an opportunity to win the series slip by. Sophomore right-hander Kyle Crist was outstanding in shutting out the 49ers, pitching a career-high 6.0 innings with only two hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Cal had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Chris Grossman.

However, in the bottom of the seventh Bear sophomore Aaron Swick (0-2, 0.7 inning, two hits, two runs) replaced Crist and gave up a first-pitch lead-off home run to Todd Jennings to tie the game, 1-1. Long Beach State went on to score three more runs in the seventh on a two-run homer by pinch-hitter Sean Boatright and a RBI single by Tim Hutting. The 49ers added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run double by Troy Tulowitzski. The winning pitcher for Long Beach State was reliever Neil Jamison (1-0, 2.7 innings, one hit, no runs, three walks, four strikeouts). Carlos Muniz (1.3 innings, one hit) earned his second save of the season.

Junior Conor Jackson (2-for-4) and freshman Jeremy Burchett (2-for-4, double) led the Bears at the plate with two hits apiece.

Cal will next travel to Santa Clara, Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. The Bears then travel to Oklahoma State for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Home Runs:

Cal: None.

Long Beach State: Jennings, solo home run in the seventh. Boatright, two-run home run in the seventh inning.

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