Cal Baseball Loses to San Francisco, 7-6, in Dante Benedetti Classic
April 25, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - San Francisco' Joey Railey hit a RBI double down the left field line off of Cal senior reliever Jeremy Burchett in the bottom of the ninth to give the Dons a 7-6 victory over the Golden Bears in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic, Tuesday at AT&T Park - home of the San Francisco Giants. After striking out Lucas DeLong, Burchett (0-2, 1.7 innings, two hits, one run, no walks, two strikeouts) gave up a double to George Lujan, before yielding the game-winning hit to Railey. It was Cal's 10th one-run loss of the season as the Bears dropped to 19-21 overall. USF improved to 26-18.
Down 6-5, Cal made an impressive comeback in the top of the ninth to tie the game. With two outs, senior shortstop Allen Craig hit a double to the left field corner, followed by junior left fielder Chris Errecart's RBI double down the left field line to tie the contest, 6-6. USF's Cole Stipovich (2-1) ended up getting the win when he was able to get Brennan Boesch to pop-up to catcher to end the inning.
Boesch had started the day's scoring when he hit a three-run homer to right field in the first inning off of Don starter Brian Anderson. USF answered with a run in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by Scott Cousins. The Dons then took a 5-3 advantage by scoring four runs off Cal reliever Alex Rollin in the fourth inning, highlighted by Stefan Gartrell's RBI single and Daniel Morales' three-run homer.
The Bears battled back by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth behind a solo home run by Craig and a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Josh Satin. However, USF came right back to take a 6-5 lead on Cousin's solo home run off of Cal freshman reliever Matt Gorgen in the bottom of the fifth.
Craig (2-for-5, 2B, HR), Errecart (2-for-4, 2-2B, RBI) and Boesch (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) finished with two hits apiece for the Bears. Craig has now hit a home run in four of the last five games. Cousin had three hits for the Dons.
Cal will next return to Pac-10 action for a three-game series versus UCLA, beginning Friday, Apr. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Boesch, three-run homer in the first inning. Craig, solo home run in the fifth inning.
San Francisco: Morales, three-run homer in the fourth inning. Cousins, solo home run in the fifth inning.