Cal Baseball Defeats Sacramento State, 7-5
March 29, 2005
BERKELEY, CA - Behind the hitting of sophomore right fielder Chris Errecart and the solid pitching of sophomore Michael Cooper and senior Matt Swanson, the California baseball team defeated visiting Sacramento State, 7-5, Tuesday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, winners of eight of their last nine games, improved to 20-9, while the Hornets fell to 8-17.
Errecart had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a RBI single in the fourth inning and a solo home run to left-center field in the seventh inning. Cooper was impressive on the mound in his second start of the season, throwing 6.0 innings with three hits, no runs, no walks and five strikeouts to improve his record to 3-0.
The Bears were in control of the game most of the way, scoring two runs in the third inning off of Sacramento State starter Warren Rosebrock (2-3, 4.0 innings, eight hits, five runs, two walks, one strikeout) on a RBI single by freshman shortstop Kyle Spraker and a RBI ground out by sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch. Cal added three more runs fourth inning on RBI singles by senior third baseman Matt Einspahr, Spraker and Errecart, and then two runs in the seventh on Errecart's solo shot and freshman second baseman Josh Satin's RBI single.
The Hornets scored all of their runs in the top of the eighth off of Cal reliever Brandon Morrow. Morrow walked Jim Strombach and Josh Levin with the bases loaded, and gave up a two-run double to Brett Flowers. Finally, Swanson came in and gave up a RBI single to Pedro Santiago, but was able to pick off Sacramento State pinch runner Cliff Hinkle to get out of the inning. Swanson went on to earn his second save of the season, pitching the final 1.3 innings with two hits and no runs.
Besides Errecart's three hits, Spraker, Satin and Einspahr had two-hits apiece for the Bears.
Cal next travels to No. 18-ranked Oregon State, Apr. 1-3, for a three-game Pac-10 series in Corvallis, Ore.
Sacramento State: None.
Cal: Errecart, solo home run in the seventh inning.