Cal Baseball Loses at Sacramento State, 7-6
March 25, 2003
SACRAMENTO, CA - : Back-to-back errors in the seventh inning allowed Sacramento State to defeat Cal, 7-6, Tuesday at Hornet Field in Sacramento. The Bears go to 15-12 overall and the Hornets improved to 14-13.
Cal let a 6-4 lead slip away in the seventh. Sacramento State scored three runs off the Bears' losing pitcher Brent Hale (0-2, 0.7 inning, three hits, three runs, two earned runs), the first run on a RBI ground out after Hale had given up two singles, followed by a sacrifice bunt, to start the inning. Then after another RBI single, the inning was extended on a fielding error by Cal first baseman James Holder, followed by a run allowed on a misplayed grounder by Bear third baseman Conor Jackson.
The winning pitcher for Sacramento State was reliever Warren Rosebrock (1-1), who threw 2.0 innings of one-hit, shutout relief with two strikeouts. Hornet first baseman Chris Kinsey, who had hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, earned his second save of the season by pitching the ninth inning with one hit and two strikeouts.
Cal got all of its six runs via home runs. After Bear starter Joe Todoroff gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Bears took a 4-3 lead on a Conor Jackson grand slam in the third inning. It was the third grand slam of Jackson's college career. Cal had upped its lead to 6-3 on a two-run homer by senior center fielder Brad Smith in the sixth inning, but Mikela Olson hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to get Sacramento State within 6-4.
The Bears will next travel to Oregon State for a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Mar. 28 at 5 p.m. at Coleman Field/Goss Stadium.
Cal: C. Jackson, grand slam home run in the third inning. Smith, two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Sacramento State: Kinsey, two-run homer in the first inning. Olson, solo home run in the sixth inning.
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