Cal Baseball Shuts Out Washington State, 4-0

May 29, 2004

PULLMAN, WA - Led by the strong pitching of junior starter Mike Padgett and junior reliever Jesse Ingram, the California baseball team shut out Washington State, 4-0, Saturday night at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash. Cal broke a four-game losing streak and improved to 25-30 overall and 9-14 in the Pac-10. The Cougars fell to 28-26 and 8-15 in conference play.

Padgett was outstanding, improving his record to 5-5 by pitching 7.3 innings with six hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Junior Matt Swanson threw 0.7 innings with a hit and a walk before Ingram pitched the ninth inning with a walk and two strikeouts. It was Ingram's 10th save of the season, setting a new Cal school record for single-season saves. He now has 19 career savers, second on the Bears' all-time career save list (behind Mitch Hawley's 21 saves from 1978-81).

WSU starter Aaron MacKenzie (6-8) threw 7.2 innings and gave up nine hits and all four runs while striking out 10 Bear batters. Wayne Daman Jr. finished up for WSU with 1.1 innings of hitless ball.

The Cougars had some scoring chances, including a bases loaded situation in the ninth, but inning-ending double plays in the fourth, sixth and seventh frames kept the Bears on top.

Meanwhile Cal pecked away at the Cougar starter, Aaron MacKenzie (6-8, 7.7 innings, nine hits, four runs, two walks, 10 strikeouts), scoring single runs in the second, third, seventh and eighth innings.

In the second frame, junior right fielder Justin Nelson walked to open the inning and later scored on a single by sophomore designated hitter Jeremy Burchett. An inning later, senior center fielder David Weiner gave the Bears a 2-0 lead when he homered over the right center field fence.

MacKenzie then retired eight straight batters and held the visitors scoreless until the seventh when junior second baseman Matt Einspahr doubled with one out and then scored on a single by senior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich.

The Bear's final run came in the eighth when freshman catcher Garrett Bussiere singled with two outs and then scored on freshman left fielder Brennan Boesch's double.

Cal wraps up the 2004 season when it plays the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series at Washington State, Sunday, May 30 at 12 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field. WSU won the first game of the series, 7-3, Friday night.

Home Runs:

Cal: Weiner, solo home run in the third inning.

Washington State: None.

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