Cal Baseball Loses to UCLA, 10-7
April 24, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - The California baseball team let a 5-2 lead slip away by giving up six runs to UCLA in the sixth inning on the way to a 10-7 loss to the Bruins Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal fell to 21-25 overall and 6-11 in the Pac-10. UCLA improved to 23-16 and 6-5 in league play. The Bruins won the first game of series, 7-2, Friday.
For the second day in-a-row, the Bears gave up a big inning to UCLA, this time six runs in the sixth inning. Cal had owned a 5-2 lead when junior reliever Matt Swanson walked in a run with the bases loaded. Then junior reliever Jesse Ingram gave up a RBI single to Chris Denove, threw the ball away at home on a potential double play ball, walked in a run, gave up a RBI single to Brett McMillan and walked in another run.
The Bruins added two more runs in the seventh inning on a two-run homer by Denove. The winning pitcher for UCLA was reliever Adam Simon (1-2), who threw 2.3 innings with one hit, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Kevin Brophy earned his first save of the season, pitching the final 1.3 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Cal was Swanson (0.0 innings, no hits, one earned run, two walks).
The Bears' loss took away a solid effort from junior starter Mike Padgett, who had thrown 5.3 innings with four hits, four runs, four walks and two strikeouts. The Bruins scored a run in the top of the first on a RBI ground out by Wes Whisler. Cal battled back with a run in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by senior catcher Chris Grossman. After UCLA had taken a 2-1 lead on a RBI double by Whisler in the third inning, the Bears scored four runs in the bottom of the third to take the 5-2 advantage. In the third, Cal scored on a wild pitch by Bruin starter Bryan Beck, a bases loaded walk by senior right fielder Brian Horwitz and a two-run, two-out double by freshman designated hitter Chris Errecart.
Senior center fielder David Weiner was 3-for-4 on the day and had a RBI single in the eighth inning. David Nicholson was 2-for-4, Grossman was 2-for-5 and also had a fielder's choice RBI in the eighth inning, and junior second baseman Matt Einspahr went 2-for-5 for the Bears. UCLA ended up scoring 10 runs on 10 hits, while Cal scored seven runs on 13 hits.
Cal next hosts UCLA in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, Apr. 25 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
UCLA: Denove, two-run homer in the seventh.