Cal Baseball Falls to UCLA, 7-2

April 23, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - Plague by three errors and a five-run UCLA third inning, the California baseball team lost to the Bruins, 7-2, Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal fell to 21-24 overall and 6-10 in the Pac-10. UCLA improved to 22-16 and 5-5 in league play.

The Bears had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI single by junior left fielder Justin Nelson. But, after Bruins' starter Casey Janssen (7-2) was able to get Jeff Dragicevich to ground out to the pitcher with the bases loaded in the first, it was all downhill for Cal. Janssen went on to pitch 7.7 innings with nine hits, two runs, three walks and five strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Cal struggled defensively. The Bears mishandled plays in the infield in the top of the third inning, including starting pitcher Adam Gold throwing away a potential double play ball. UCLA's Wes Whisler ended up knocking in a RBI single, Matt Thayer had a fielder's choice RBI and Brandon Averill hit a three-run homer with two outs to give the Bruins a 5-1 lead.

UCLA added two more insurance runs in the sixth inning on a two-run homer by Chris Denove. Cal added its second run on a RBI single by senior catcher Chris Grossman in the bottom of the eighth inning. Gold (6-5) took the loss, pitching 7.0 innings with eight hits, three earned runs, two walks and nine strikeouts.

Junior third baseman David Nicholson (2-for-2), senior center fielder David Weiner (2-for-4) and senior right fielder Brian Horwitz (2-for-3) had two hits apiece for the Bears. Ryan McCarthy and Denove had two hits each for the Bruins.

Cal next hosts UCLA in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, Apr. 24 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

UCLA: Averill, three-run homer in the third. Denove, two-run homer in the sixth.

Cal: None.

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