Cal Baseball Defeats Arizona, 5-4, In 13 Innings
April 2, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Senior right fielder Rob Nesbitt hit a home run over the right field fence with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning to lead the California baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Arizona Sunday at Evans Diamond. The game was the third contest of the three-game Pac-10 series versus the Wildcats, and was the continuation of a 4-4 suspended due to darkness game from Saturday.
The Golden Bears are now 16-12 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-10, while the Wildcats fell to 12-14 and 1-2 in league play. Cal had won the first game of the series, 3-2, on Thursday; and Arizona won the first game of a Saturday doubleheader, 5-1.
The Wildcats had threatened in the top of the 13th. Brad Boyer started the inning with a single off of Bear freshman left-hander Chris Petrini (2-1, 1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout), who was the eighth Cal pitcher of the game. Jason Sadoian followed with a sacrifice bunt, advancing Boyer to second. Petrini was then able to strikeout Jason Donald and get Bill Rhinehart to fly out to deep left field to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 13th, Arizona reliever Cory Burns (0-1, 0.3 inning, one hit, one run, one strikeout) struck out Mike Van Winden for the first out, then took Nesbitt to a full court before yielding the game-winning homer.
The Bears will next add a game to their schedule, traveling to Santa Clara on Tuesday, Apr. 4 at 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.
Home Runs Game Three:
Cal: Boesch, two-run homer in the seventh inning. Nesbitt, solo home run in the 13th inning.