Baseball Drops 10-8 Decision to Cal

May 1, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif.- The Arizona baseball team gave up 11 hits, including five home runs, in a 10-8 loss to Cal at Evans Diamond on Saturday. The defeat dropped the Wildcats to 22-19-1 overall and to 6-8 in the Pac-10. Cal improved to 24-26 overall and to 8-12 in conference play.

Trailing 2-0 after UA's Richard Mercado hit his third home of the season in the top of the second, the Bears began their home run barrage with a set of back-to-back shots in the home half of the inning.

A walk to Jeff Dragicevich and a single to right by Jordan Karnofsky to lead off the inning placed runners on first and third with nobody out for catcher Garrett Bussiere. The Golden Bear backstop launched UA starter Kevin Guyette's 1-1 offering over the left field wall for a three-run blast and a 3-2 Cal lead.

The next batter, Brennan Bosche, followed with a solo shot over the head of left fielder Nick Hundley to extend the Bear advantage to 4-2.

Cal's Brian Horwitz chased Guyette from the game in the next inning with his first of two homers in the game. The Golden Bear right fielder plated teammate David Weiner, who had doubled to leadoff the inning, for a 6-2 UC Berkeley lead.

A suicide squeeze off the bat Matt Einspahr in the bottom of the fourth scored Busiere from third and temporarily halted Cal's long ball assault, but Hortwitz brought it back with a solo homer to left for an 8-2 Bear lead to start off the bottom of the fifth.

Cal tacked on single runs in the sixth on a sac fly and a solo home run in the eighth by Bussiere, his second in the game.

Highlighted by a two-run home by sophomore Jordan Brown, the Wildcats rallied to pull within one run at 9-8 with three runs in the sixth and seventh, but were finally shut down by Bears' reliever Jesse Ingram over the final two innings.

Guyette (5-5), who gave six runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings, was charged with his fifth loss of the season. Cal starter Mike Padgette was the beneficiary of the Cal offensive explosion, improving to 4-5 for the year despite giving up five runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Ingram picked up his school-record-tying ninth save of the year.

The two schools will play for the three-game series victory on Sunday at 1 pm. The game can be heard live on the radio on KNST 790 AM.

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