Cal Baseball Defeats Washington State, 8-3, in Pac-10 Opener

March 21, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - Cal broke a 3-3 tie by scoring five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Washington State, 8-3, in the Pac-10 opener Friday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improved to 14-10 overall (1-0), while the Cougars fall to 5-17 (0-1).

Cal received a solid pitching effort from junior starter Matt Brown, who evened his record to 2-2 by pitching 8.0 innings with six hits, two earned runs, no walks and five strikeouts. Sophomore closer Jesse Ingram pitched the ninth inning for the Bears (one hit, no runs, no walks, one strikeout).

Cal had scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning off of WSU starter Tony Banaszak (0-6, 7.3 innings, nine hits, four runs, four walks) on a two-run homer by junior first baseman Conor Jackson. The Cougars battled back by scoring three times in the top of the third inning on a two-run double by Jay Miller and a RBI double by Derek Bruce. The Bears then added a run in the third on a bases loaded walk by Ben Conley to tie the game, 3-3.

Both teams were shut down until Cal exploded for five runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by a RBI single by David Nicholson and two-run doubles by Chris Grossman and James Holder. Nicholson finished the game 3-for-5 with a RBI, while Allen Craig, Jackson and Jeff Dragicevich had two hits apiece.

The Bears will next host Washington State in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Mar. 22 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Sunday, Mar. 23 WSU-Cal game time has been changed from 1 p.m. to 12 p.m.

Home Runs:

Washington State: None.

Cal: C. Jackson , two-run homer in the first inning.

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