No. 18 Cal Baseball Defeats Host Minnesota, 4-1, in the Metrodome
March 9, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - The No. 18-ranked California baseball team won its fifth game in a row and improved to 8-1-1 on the year with a 4-1 victory over host Minnesota (3-5) Saturday at the University of Minnesota Tournament held at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. The Golden Bears were led by the strong pitching of junior left-hander Craig Bennigson, who improved his record to 3-0, throwing 6.1 innings with five hits, one run, four walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts. Cal received stellar relief pitching as well. Sophomore right-hander Daniel Wolford threw 1.2 innings with four strikeouts, and junior right-hander Matt Gorgen earned his second save of the year by pitching the ninth with a strikeout. He now has 13 career saves, tied for seventh on the Bears' all-time save list with assistant coach Jon Zuber.
The losing pitcher for the Golden Gophers was junior left-hander Kyle Carr, who threw 5.2 innings with four hits, one earned run, four walks and seven strikeouts.
Cal's offense got on the board first with a single run in the top of the second inning. Senior second baseman Josh Satin led off the inning with a walk, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Satin stole second and scored on an errant throw by Gopher catcher Kyle Knudson that sailed into left field.
Minnesota got the run back in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 1-1. Matt Nohelty led off with a chopper up the middle that he beat out for a base hit, after Cal shortstop Michael Brady was unable to come up with the ball on the first hop. Jeremy Chlan laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Nohelty to second base. With two outs, Michael Kvasnicka delivered an RBI single to left field to plate Nohelty to tie the game at 1-1.
Cal moved back ahead in the top of the fifth inning with a single run to make the score 2-1. Brady got things going by reaching on a one-out infield single. Sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman followed with an infield single, and Brady moved up to third on a throwing error by Nate Hanson. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus brought Brady home with a sacrifice fly to left field to give Cal back a one-run lead.
The Bears added a pair of runs in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead. Pinch-hitter Ryan Hanlon got things started with a one-out walk. Hanlon came all the way around to score from first base on a hit-and-run RBI single to right center field by Gorman to make it 3-1. Gorman stole second base, and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher. He came around to score on an RBI bunt-single on a suicide squeeze attempt by Kobernus to make it 4-1.
The Bears next battle New Mexico on Sunday, Mar. 9, at 11 a.m. CDT at the Metrodome.