Cal Baseball Tipped by UNLV, 3-2

Feb. 17, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - UNLV's Chad Miller hit a one-out homer to left field in the eighth inning off of Cal starter Tyson Ross to give the Rebels a 3-2 victory over the Golden Bears Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal's record dropped to 5-3 and the Rebels improved to 5-6. The two teams will play the rubber game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond as the Bears won Friday's contest, 8-4.

Cal had tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by pinch hitter Michael Capbaret, who scored senior shortstop Brett Munster. Munster had led off the inning with a walk, advanced to second on a past ball, and advanced to third on a balk. However, UNLV reliever Marc Baca came in and shut down the Bears, striking out two of three batters with one out in the seventh on the way to his second win of the season (2.7 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts).

Ross saw his record go to 1-1, throwing a season-high 7.3 innings with seven hits, three runs, two earned runs, three walks and three strikeouts.The Rebels had scored two runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Miller. Then Ross held to Rebels in check, and the Bears clawed back by scoring a run in the fourth on an RBI single by freshman right fielder Blake Smith off of UNLV starter Chris Saddoris (6.0 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts). Cal finally tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on Capbaret's sacrifice fly, only to see UNLV recapture the lead in the top of the eighth.

Top hitter for the Bears on the day was freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus, who was 3-for-5. Smith went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Miller was 2-for-4 with a home run and all three RBI for UNLV.

Home Runs:

UNLV: Miller, solo home run in the eighth inning.

Cal: None.

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