Cal Baseball Wins Season-Opener, 5-1, Over Kansas State

Feb. 22, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Junior right-hander Tyson Ross and sophomore right-hander Daniel Wolford combined to one-hit Kansas State as California won its season-opener, 5-1, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who had trailed 1-0 after Ross had given up a lead-off homer to Wildcat right fielder Jordan Cruz to start the game, improved to 1-0, while Kansas State dropped to 0-1.

Ross (1-0), a preseason All-American, finished the contest throwing 5.0 innings with only one hit, one run, one walk and seven strikeouts. Wolford, a transfer from Long Beach State, earned his first save at Cal, pitching the final 4.0 innings with no hits, three walks and five strikeouts. In the eighth inning, Wolford walked three batters, but ended up striking out three batters and was able to get out of a bases loaded jam by striking out Tyler Ruch to end the inning.

After giving up the Wildcat's lone hit and lone run, Cal came storming back by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Kansas State starter Brad Hutt (0-1, 6.0 innings, seven hits, four runs, three earned runs, three walks, one strikeout). With one out, junior catcher Charlie Cutler walked and then scored when sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus doubled over the head of Kansas State center fielder Ruch. Cutler looked like he was going to be thrown out after rounding third base, but was able to jar to ball out of Wildcat catcher Rob Vaughn's mitt. Junior first baseman David Cooper then scored Kobernus from third base on a RBI ground out to second.

Cooper got his second RBI of the game in the third inning when sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman led-off with a double, advance to third base on Cutler's deep fly to right field, and scored on Cooper's single to left field. The Bears added a run in the fourth on junior shortstop Michael Brady's single to right field, and got their fifth run on Kobernus' solo home run off Wildcat reliever Lance Hoge in the seventh inning.

Besides Kobernus' two-hit day and Cooper's two-RBI day, senior second baseman Josh Satin also registered a pair of singles for Cal.

The Bears next host Utah Valley in a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. Cal then faces Kansas State again in a single game beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Kansas State: Jordan Cruz, solo home run in the first inning.

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

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