Cal Baseball Defeats UCLA, 3-2
April 25, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - California reliever Jesse Ingram got out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth inning and overcame a lead-off walk in the ninth inning to help defeat UCLA, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 22-25 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-10. UCLA, which had won the first two games of the series, 7-2 and 10-7, fell to 23-17 and 6-6 in league play.
The Golden Bears had a gutsy effort in defeating the Bruins in the third game of the series. Cal had scored two runs in the top of the first inning off of UCLA pitcher Wes Whisler (1-4, 6.0 innings, six hits, three runs, three walks, four strikeouts) on a two-out, two-run single by senior right fielder Brian Horwitz. The Bruins battled back to tie the game with two runs in the top of the fourth inning off of Bear starter Kyle Crist (4.0 innings, seven hits, two runs, two walks, two strikeouts) on RBI singles by Preston Griffin and Mike Svetlic.
Finally, senior center fielder David Weiner knocked in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh off of UCLA reliever Daniel Reid, scoring Justin Nelson. Nelson pinch ran for junior second baseman Matt Einspahr, who had drawn a walk off of Whisler to start the inning.
Ingram (1.7 innings, no hits, no runs, two walks, three strikeouts) earned his eighth save of the season when he replaced Matt Brown with a runner on first and second with one out in the eighth inning. Ingram walked Chris Denove to load the bases before being able to strikeout Chad Concolino looking and Svetlic to pop up to shortstop to end the eighth. In the top of the ninth inning, Ingram walked Brett McMillan to start the inning, but senior catcher Chris Grossman threw out pinch runner Jarrad Page trying to steal second. Ingram then struck out Ryan McCarthy and Whisler to end the contest.
Ingram now has 17 career saves, placing him alone in third on the Cal all-time career save list. His eight single-season saves are tied for second on the Bears' single-season save list.
The winning pitcher for Cal was freshman Brandon Morrow (1-2), who came in the game in the seventh inning, throwing one inning with one hit, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. Besides Weiner's game-winning RBI and Horwitz's two-run single, sophomore Jeremy Burchett went 2-for-4 for Cal. McCarthy and Matt Thayer had two hits apiece for the Bruins.
The Bears next travel to Sacramento State, Tuesday, Apr. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Hornet Field. Cal then hosts Arizona in a three-game Pac-10 series, starting Friday, Apr. 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.