Cal Baseball Loses at No. 20 Long Beach State, 8-3

Feb. 24, 2007

LONG BEACH, CALIF. - The California baseball team (5-7) lost to No. 20-ranked Long Beach State (8-4) for the second day in a row, dropping an 8-3 contest Saturday afternoon at Blair Field in Long Beach. After trailing 3-0, the Golden Bears were able to chased 49er starter Omar Arif from the game in the third inning, scoring twice off a sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Josh Satin and on an RBI double from sophomore first baseman David Cooper to cut the lead to 3-2.

That was as close as Cal would get, however, as the Bears' starter Craig Bennigson (1-2, 4.0 innings, eight hits, six runs, five earned runs, three walks, one strikeout) surrendered three more runs in the fourth inning. Senior shortstop Brett Munster was able to give Cal its third run with an RBI single in the top of the sixth. The Bears ended up out-hitting Long Beach State, 11-10.

After Cal had chased Arif, LBSU's Andrew Liebel (2-0) went a career-high 4.2 innings for the win in relief, giving up just an unearned run on five hits. Liebel struck out three and walked none. Bryan Shaw got the final four outs for his second-straight save and fourth of the year.

Robert Perry had two hits and drove in two in the fourth for LBSU. Junior Jason Corder, a transfer from Cal, went 3-for-4 with an RBI. The Bears were led by freshman Jeff Kobernus, who was 3-for-5; Cooper, who was 2-for-5 with his RBI double; and Munster, who was 2-for-4 with his sixth inning RBI. Junior reliever Nick Nunez did a nice job of relieving Bennigson, throwing 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts.

The Bears will next travel to UC Santa Barbara for a two-game series, beginning Sunday, Feb.25 at 1 p.m. at Cesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Home Runs:

Cal: None

Long Beach State: None

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