Cal Baseball Wins, 5-1, at UNLV
March 10, 2006
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Paced by a complete game from junior right-hander Brandon Morrow and a 12-hit attack, the California baseball team (9-6) defeated UNLV (7-11), 5-1, Friday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas. The Golden Bears scored all their runs in two innings, tallying three runs in the fourth inning and adding two insurance runs in the eighth inning. Cal has now won eight of its last 10 games.
Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American in Baseball America, improved his record to 3-0, throwing his first career complete game with six hits, one run, three walks and seven strikeouts. The losing pitcher was Rebel starter Chris Saddoris (2-3, 6.0 innings, eight hits, three runs, two walks, three strikeouts).
UNLV got on the scoreboard first on an RBI double by Chad Miller off of Morrow in the second inning. The Bears rallied to score three runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by junior first baseman Chris Errecart to left field after junior center fielder Brennan Boesch led off the inning with a single to right. Later, senior shortstop Allen Craig forced in a run with a bases loaded walk.
Morrow was able to shut down the Rebels the rest of the way as Cal added two runs in the eighth inning on a two-run single up the middle by sophomore left fielder Taylor Grigsby, who was making his first collegiate start in left field. Besides the hitting exploits of Errecart and Grigsby, junior catcher Garrett Bussiere was 3-for-3, freshman right fielder Charlie Cutler was 2-for-2, and Craig (2-for-3, double) and Boesch (2-for-4) had two hits apiece.
The Bears will next play the Rebels in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Cal: Errecart, two-run homer in the fourth inning.