Cal Baseball Loses to Washington State, 5-4

March 23, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - The Cal baseball team let a chance to sweep slip away, falling to Washington State, 5-4, Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Bears go to 15-11 overall (2-1), while the Cougars improved to 6-18 (1-2). Cal had defeated WSU, 8-3 Friday and 9-3 Saturday.

The Cougars' Grant Richardson hit a sacrifice fly to center field off of Bear reliever Mike Padgett (2-2, 1.7 innings, four hits, two runs, no walks, one strikeout) in the seventh inning, scoring Jay Miller and giving Washington State its winning 5-4 margin. It was Richardson's second sacrifice fly of the day. Steve Mortimer had hit a lead-off home run off of Padgett in the sixth inning to tie the game, 4-4.

The winning pitcher for Washington State was reliever Aaron MacKenzie (1-3), who threw 4.3 innings of one-hit, shutout relief with one walk and five strikeouts. Sophomore Jesse Ingram pitched well in the final 3.0 innings for Cal, giving up only one hit with no runs, no walks and had three strikeouts.

The Bears had their chance in the bottom of the ninth when pinch runner Nick Medrano advanced to second with no outs on a MacKenzie balk. But, MacKenzie was able to get the next three Cal batters out, including striking out Justin Nelson looking to end the game. The Bears were out-hit by the Cougars, 12-4, yet scored two runs in the second inning on a Jeremy Burchett sacrifice fly to left and a Nelson solo home run to right. Cal added two runs in the fifth on a RBI triple by Brad Smith, with Smith later scoring from third on a wild pitch.

The leading hitter for Washington State was Jeremy Farrar, who went 4-for-5 with a RBI double in the fifth inning. Top hitter for the Bears was junior catcher Chris Grossman, who was 2-for-3 with a double.

The Bears will next travel to Sacramento State on Tuesday, Mar. 25 at 2 p.m. at Hornet Field. Cal will then travel to Oregon State for a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Mar. 28 at 5 p.m. at Coleman Field.

Home Runs:

Washington State: Mortimer, solo home run in the sixth inning.

Cal: Nelson, solo home run in the second inning.

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