Cal Baseball Wins 7-1 at UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 25, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. - Bolstered by a season-high 19 hits and solid outing by junior right-hander Alex Rollin, the California baseball team (6-7) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory at UC Santa Barbara (3-4) Sunday at Cesar Uyesaka Stadium. Rollin improved his record to 3-0 by throwing 6.0 innings of shutout ball with five hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Another star for the Bears was freshman right fielder Blake Smith, who was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, four RBI and an outfield assist to cut down a would-be Gaucho run at the plate in the bottom of the first inning.
Cal scored its first run in the third inning on an RBI single up the middle by sophomore first baseman David Cooper off of UC Santa Barbara starter Steve Morlock (1-2, 4.3 innings, 11 hits, five runs, three walks, one strikeout). The Bears exploded for four runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single by junior second baseman Josh Satin and Smith's three-run homer off of Morlock - the first home run of Smith's college career. Cal added two more runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by Cooper and a fielder's choice RBI by Smith.
After Rollin had held the Gauchos scoreless through the first six innings, sophomore Dane Ferguson threw the seventh and eighth innings with two hits and no runs. UC Santa Barbara got its lone run when Cal reliever Kurt De La Rosa balked in a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Besides Smith's exploits, Cooper was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI, Satin was 3-for-4 with an RBI, senior shortstop Brett Munster was 3-for-4, sophomore left fielder Ryan Hanlon was 3-for-3 and freshman Jeff Kobernus was 2-for-5.
The Bears will next play UC Santa Barbara in the second game of the two-game series, Monday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at Cesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Cal: Smith, three-run homer in the fifth inning.
UC Santa Barbara: None