Cal Baseball Shutsout No. 25 USC, 9-0
April 24, 2005
BERKELEY, CA - Behind a complete game pitching effort from senior right-hander Eric Dworkis and a season-high 18 hits, California shutout No. 25 USC, 9-0, Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 26-18 overall and 7-8 in the Pac-10, while USC fell to 26-12 and 8-4 in conference play. Cal rebounded from falling to the Trojans, 7-4, Friday and, 5-4, Saturday.
Dworkis (4-5) was spectacular for the Bears, throwing his second complete game of the season, limiting the Trojans to only four hits while walking one and striking out a career-high 11 batters. It was the first time USC had been shutout by Cal since an 11-0 Bear victory, exactly 13 years ago, on Apr. 24, 1992 at Evans Diamond. Earlier this season, Dworkis had a complete game victory at Saint Mary's with six hits, one run, one walk and 10 strikeouts Feb. 26 in Moraga.
Offensively, the Bears had several hitting stars. Junior left fielder Allen Craig was 4-for-4 with a RBI, sophomore right fielder Chris Errecart was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in the fourth inning, while senior third baseman Matt Einspahr (2-for-5), freshman second baseman Josh Satin (2-for-4, double, two RBI), senior designated hitter James Holder (2-for-2, RBI) and junior designated hitter Jeremy Burchett (2-for-2, RBI) had two hits apiece.
The losing pitcher for USC was starter Zack Kalter (2-3), who pitched 2.3 innings with five hits, three runs, three walks and two strikeouts. The Trojans ended up using seven pitchers on the day.
Cal first got on the board in the third inning when it got six consecutive hits off of Kalter and USC reliever Josh Fogel, with Satin, Craig and Holder knocking in RBI singles. Errecart gave the Bears a 6-0 lead with a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Cal added a run in the fifth inning on a RBI groundout by Garrett Bussiere, a run in the seventh on a RBI single by Burchett and a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Satin.
Cal will next host UC Davis, Tuesday, Apr. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears then travel to UCLA for a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.
Cal: Errecart, three-run homer in the fourth inning.