Cal Baseball Loses 13-3 at Washington State to End 2004 Season
May 30, 2004
PULLMAN, WA - The California baseball team lost its final game of the 2004 season, 13-3 to Washington State Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash. Cal finished the year 25-31 overall and 9-15 in the Pac-10. The Cougars improved to 29-26 and 9-15 in conference play to conclude the 2004 campaign. WSU ended up capturing the series 2-1, winning 7-3 Friday and losing 4-0 Saturday.
The Cougars' Grant Richardson drove in five runs, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Bryce Chamberlin picked up his eighth win (8-3) with 6.0 innings of work (three hits, no runs, three walks, six strikeouts). WSU's Garrett Alwert earned his third save of the season, pitching 3.0 innings with six hits, three runs, no walks and two strikeouts.
Offensively, the Cougars only held a 2-0 lead until exploding for six runs in the bottom of the sixth and five runs in the seventh to put the game away.
The Golden Bears scored their three runs in the top of the seventh off of Alwert. Freshman catcher Garrett Bussiere started the rally with a double and junior first baseman James Holder followed with a single. Junior second baseman Matt Einspahr then was hit by an Alwert pitch to load the bases. The next three Cal batters collected RBI as senior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich had a RBI grounded out to second, junior third baseman David Nicholson singled to center field and senior center fielder David Weiner singled to right field. Alwert then settled down and struck out freshman Brennan Boesch and sophomore Jeremy Burchett flew out to center to end the rally.
The losing pitcher for the Bears was freshman starter Brandon Morrow (1-3), who threw 4.0 innings with five hits, two runs, three walks and one strikeout. Junior Kyle Crist, senior Blake Read, junior Matt Swanson and senior Matt Brown also saw mound time for Cal. Brown finished his Bear career with 15 wins, 16 career saves (fourth on the Cal all-time list), 94 appearances (sixth on the Cal all-time list) and 211 strikeouts (eighth on the Cal all-time list).
Nicholson (2-for-4) and Bussiere (2-for-4, double) finished with two hits apiece for the Bears.
Washington State: Richardson, three-run homer in the sixth inning.