Cal Baseball Loses at Pacific, 10-3
March 18, 2006
STOCKTON, CALIF. - The California baseball team struggled Saturday at Banner Island Ballpark (home of the Oakland A's single A affiliate) in Stockton, falling to Pacific, 10-3, in the second game of the three-game series. The Golden Bears dropped to 11-9 overall, and the Tigers improved to 12-7. Cal had won the first game of the series, 3-1, Friday at Evans Diamond.
The Bears fell behind early when freshman right-hander Tyson Ross (3-2, 3.0 innings, six hits, five runs, three walks, two strikeouts), gave up a two-run homer to the second batter he faced, Justin Baum, in the bottom of the first inning. Pacific went on to score three more runs in the fourth inning, three runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh.
Meanwhile, Cal's offense was slowed by Tiger starter Joey Centanni (1-0), who threw 6.0 innings with five hits, one run, no walks and five strikeouts. The Bears finally broke through with two runs in the seventh when freshman Michael Brady's hard-hit single to right was mishandled by Pacific right fielder Ramon Glasgow, allowing Taylor Grigsby to score from first. Jason Corder then plated Brady with an RBI groundout to first base.
Cal added a run in the ninth on a RBI double by junior third baseman Stephen Carlson, scoring Kyle Spraker. Top hitter for the Bears was senior shortstop Allen Craig, who finished the day 2-for-4 with a double. Craig is currently hitting .405, is on a nine-game hitting streak, and has had multiple-hit games in eight of his last nine contests.
Cal will next host Pacific in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Mar. 19 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Pacific: Baum, two-run homer in the first inning.