Cal Baseball Loses at No. 19 Arizona State, 13-5

May 26, 2006

TEMPE, ARIZ. - No. 19-ranked Arizona State exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 13-5 victory over Cal Friday night at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Golden Bears dropped to 26-26 overall and 9-13 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils improved to 34-19 and 12-10 in league play.

The losing pitcher for Cal was junior right-hander Brandon Morrow (7-4), who had his shortest outing of the year, throwing 3.3 innings with seven hits, four earned runs, three walks and a strikeout. Morrow's lone strikeout gave him 97 for the season, tying him with Andy Messersmith (in 1965) for 10th on the Cal single-season strikeout list. The winning pitcher for ASU was sophomore left-hander Josh Satow, who improved his record to 4-1, pitching 5.0 innings with four hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts.

Brady Martinez earned his second save of the season by throwing the final 4.0 innings with seven hits, four runs, one walk and six strikeouts.

Offensively, Cal scored the game's first run in the top of the third on an RBI double by junior center fielder Brennan Boesch, scoring sophomore shortstop Kyle Spraker, who had led-off the inning with a single to right field. The Sun Devils answered with two runs in the bottom of the third on a RBI double by Eric Sogard and a passed ball on Bear catcher Garrett Bussiere. From there, ASU tacked on three runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Colin Curtis' two run single, and Sogard's RBI groundout, and then blew the game open with its eight-run fifth for a 13-1 lead.

Cal was able to score a run in the sixth after a triple by sophomore designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky, followed by a sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Brett Munster. The Bears added a run in the seventh on senior third baseman Allen Craig's team-leading 11th home run of the season. Cal added two more runs in the eighth when freshman Charlie Cutler had a pinch-hit RBI triple, and then scored on Boesch's RBI groundout.

Boesch, Karnofsky, Spraker and sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden finished with two hits apiece for the Bears. ASU out-hit Cal 15-11 on the evening.

The Bears will next face the Sun Devis in the second game of the three game series, Saturday, May 27 at 6 p.m. at Packard Stadium.

Home Runs:

Cal: Craig, solo home run in the seventh inning.

Arizona State: Ike Davis, two-run homer in the fifth inning.

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