Cal Baseball Loses to Nevada, 7-5
March 9, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - Nevada broke a 5-5 tie by scoring single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to upend Cal , 7-5, Tuesday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears fell to 10-12 overall and the Wolf Pack improved to 7-9. Nevada also snapped a three-game losing streak.
In a seesaw game that featured 10 pitchers for the Wolf Pack and six pitchers for Cal, Nevada finally prevailed. Gabe Mayorga knocked in the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning off of Bear reliever Jesse Ingram (0-2, 2.7 innings, five hits, one earned run, no walks, one strikeout), scoring Chris Gimenez, who had single to start the inning. The Wolf Pack got an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a fielder's choice RBI by Jacob Butler.
The winning pitcher for Nevada was reliever number nine, Bryan Johnson (1-0, 2.3 innings, four hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout), who was able to strikeout Cal's senior center fielder David Weiner with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to end the game.
A top hitter on the day for the Wolf Pack was Robert Marcial, who went 4-for-5 with a double and RBI. Brett Hayes finished 3-for-5 with a RBI and Gimenez was 2-for-3 with a lead-off home run in the sixth inning. For the Bears, sophomore Allen Craig and junior David Nicholson had three hits apiece. Craig was 3-for-6 with a lead-off home run in the fifth inning and Nicholson was 3-for-4 with a RBI in the sixth inning. Freshman pinch hitter Jordan Karnofsky had tied the game for Cal, 5-5, with a sacrifice fly to center field seventh inning.
Cal will next travel to North Carolina for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Mar. 9 at 2 p.m. EST at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Nevada: Gimenez, solo home run in the sixth inning.
Cal: Craig, solo home run in the sixth inning.