No. 26 Cal Baseball Sweeps BYU With 7-4 Win

Jan. 31, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - Led by the pitching of sophomore Adam Gold and the hitting of senior Chris Grossman and sophomore Allen Craig, the Cal baseball team swept BYU, 7-4, Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved their record to 3-0 by defeating the Cougars, 11-1, on Thursday and 13-3 on Friday. It was Cal's first sweep since winning three games from Loyola Marymount last season, Feb. 7-9, 2003, at Evans Diamond. The Bears outscored BYU, 31-8, during the series.

The right-handed Gold (1-0) was outstanding in Cal's third-straight win over BYU, pitching 5.0 innings with three hits, no runs, one walk and a career-high 10 strikeouts. His previous high in strikeouts was three. Junior Jesse Ingram earned his first save of the season, throwing the final 3.7 innings (five hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts). It was Ingram's 10th career save, putting him eighth on the Bears' all-time career save list.

At the plate, senior catcher Grossman put Cal on the scoreboard first with a lead-off home run to center field in the second inning off of BYU starter Patrick Wells (0-1, 5.0 innings, eight hits, six runs, three earned runs, no walks, six strikeouts). The Bears scored three more times in the third inning on an RBI double by Grossman and a key two-run single by junior first baseman James Holder. Cal added two more runs in the fifth inning on a two-run homer by Craig. The Bears' seventh run came in the seventh inning with junior second baseman David Nicholson stole third base and scored on Cougar catcher Casey Cloward's throwing error.

BYU tallied its runs on a two-run single by Rob Itri in the sixth inning, a sacrifice fly by Ryan Chambers in the eighth inning - scoring Kory Knell who had led the inning off with a triple - and a RBI single by Ben Saylor in the top of the ninth.

Cal will next host Long Beach State in the three-game series, beginning Friday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

BYU: None.

Cal: Grossman, solo home run in the second. Craig, two-run homer in the fifth.

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