Cal Baseball Defeats Saint Mary's, 9-2

March 5, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - Paced by three home runs in the first two innings, the California baseball team defeated Saint Mary's, 9-2, Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 9-10 on the year, and the Gaels fell to 3-14.

Cal exploded for eight runs in the first and second innings off of Saint Mary's starter Bryan Oland (2-3, 7.0 innings, nine hits, eight earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts). The Bears were led by a solo home run in the first inning by freshman designated hitter Chris Errecart, and a solo home run by freshman catcher Garrett Bussiere and a three-run homer by senior center fielder David Weiner in the second inning. Cal scored its other runs on a RBI ground out by Weiner in the first inning, a RBI single by senior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich in the second inning and a fielding error by Gael shortstop Gilbert Gil in the second inning. The Bears tacked on their ninth run with a RBI single by senior right fielder Brian Horwitz in the third inning.

The winning pitcher for Cal was sophomore right-hander Adam Gold, who improved his record to 4-1, pitching 6.0 innings with eight hits, two runs, one walk and eight strikeouts. Gold now has 44 strikeouts in 38.3 innings with a 1.41 ERA this season. Junior Brent Hale (2.0 innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts) and senior Blake Read (1.0 inning, one hit) pitched the final three innings for the Bears.

Weiner (2-for-5, HR, four RBI), Dragicevich (2-for-3, RBI) and junior second baseman David Nicholson (2-for-4, double) had two hits apiece for Cal. The Gaels got their runs on a RBI single by Bryan Byrne in the fifth inning and a sacrifice fly by Gil in the sixth inning. Delaney Gallagher was 3-for-4 with a double for Saint Mary's as well.

The Bears will next play the second game of the three-game non-conference series versus Saint Mary's, Saturday, Mar. 6 at 1 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga. The two teams return to Evans Diamond, Sunday, Mar. 7 at 1 p.m.

Home Runs:

Saint Mary's: None.

Cal: Errecart, solo home run in the first inning. Bussiere, solo home run in the second inning. Weiner, three-run homer in the second inning.

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