Cal Baseball Falls to University of San Diego, 7-4
May 12, 2004
SAN DIEGO, CA - Led by the pitching of Aaron Wilson and an offense that scored runs in six of its eight innings, the University of San Diego defeated California, 7-4, Wednesday at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego. Cal goes to 24-29 on the season and the Toreros improved to 32-21.
The Golden Bears had notched a run in the top of the first inning after senior center fielder David Weiner had tripled off of Wilson, and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman designated hitter Chris Errecart. Cal's offense would stall after that, not scoring until the seventh inning when junior second baseman Matt Einspahr doubled, and later scored on Errecart's two-out single to right field. The Bears did score twice in the top of the ninth to get within 7-4 when junior third baseman David Nicholson scored on a passed ball and sophomore first baseman Allen Craig had a RBI groundout.
Wilson improved his record to 10-3 by pitching 6.7 innings with eight hits, two runs, one walk and seven strikeouts. Justin Blaine earned his second save of the season, throwing the final 2.3 innings with two hits, one earned run, one walk and two strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Cal was junior starter Kyle Crist (3-8, 4.0 innings, four hits, three runs, three walks, one strikeout).
San Diego scored single runs in the first, third, fourth, fifth (solo home run by Jordan Abruzzo) and sixth innings, before putting the game away with a two-run single by Tom Caple in the eighth inning.
Top hitters for the Bears were Errecart (1-for-3, two RBI), Weiner (2-for-5, triple), sophomore right fielder Jeremy Burchett (3-for-4) and freshman catcher Garrett Bussiere (2-for-4). Caple was 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Toreros.
Cal will next conclude the 2004 season with a three-game Pac-10 series at Washington State, beginning Friday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash.
San Diego: Abruzzo, solo home run in the fifth inning.