Cal Baseball Loses at Washington State, 7-3
May 28, 2004
PULLMAN, WA - The California baseball team notched a run in the top of the first inning, but didn't score again until the eighth inning, falling to Washington State, 7-3, Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash. Cal goes to 24-30 on the season and 8-14 in the Pac-10. The Cougars improved to 28-25 and are also 8-14 in conference play.
The Golden Bears scored their run in the first inning on back-to-back two-out doubles to right field by senior center fielder David Weiner and freshman right fielder Chris Errecart off of Washington State starter Aaron Trolia. Trolia was then able to slow Cal down, pitching 7.3 innings with nine hits, three runs, two walks and four strikeouts to improve his record to 6-5. Garrett Alwert earned his second save of the season, throwing the final 1.7 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts.
The Bears were able to bat around in the eighth inning and pushed two runs across off of Trolia, but Alwert recorded the final two outs with the bases loaded to end the Bears' threat. Junior third baseman David Nicholson started the inning off with a bunt single and after Weiner flew out, Errecart singled and freshman catcher Garrett Bussiere reached first on third baseman Zach McAngus' fielding error to load the bases.
Senior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich then drove home sophomore first baseman Allen Craig with a single through the left side and freshman left fielder Brennan Boesch followed with a sharp single to right field, scoring Errecart. Alwert then took the mound and forced pinch hitter Brett Munster to pop out to second baseman, then struck out pinch hitter James Holder to end the game.
The losing pitcher for the Bears was sophomore starter Adam Gold (6-7), who pitched 3.0 innings with eight hits, seven runs, one walk and one strikeout. Junior Brent Hale replaced Gold and tossed 4.0 innings of one-hit ball for Cal and senior Matt Brown threw a hitless eighth inning.
The Cougars had answered Cal's first inning score by sending eight batters to the plate and scoring four runs with four hits and one bizarre play in the second inning. With one out, Zach McAngus singled to left center, Justin Hart walked and Brandon Reddinger's grounder to short allowed both runners to advance to second and third. Then, in one swing of the bat, shortstop J.J. Burress accounted for three runs. His single to right scored both runners and when Craig tried to catch him going to second, the throw sailed past the base into right center for an error. Burress then headed to third and Weiner's throw went beyond the bag and into the Cougar dugout, sending Burress home with WSU's third run on the play.
Kaeo Rubin and Jason Freeman then added back-to-back doubles to push Rubin home with WSUs fourth run. An inning later the Cougars went ahead 5-1 when Zach Kosterus and McAngus collected doubles in consecutive at-bats. Rubin then gave WSU a 7-1 lead when he hit a two-run homer to right field in the fourth inning.
Weiner, Errecart, Dragicevich and Boesch each finished with two hits apiece for the Bears.
Cal will play the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series at Washington State, Saturday, May 29 at 6 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Washington State: Ruben, two run homer in the fourth inning.