No. 18 Cal Baseball Tops New Mexico, 12-2, in the Metrodome
March 9, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - The No. 18-ranked California baseball team won its sixth game in a row and captured the University of Minnesota Tournament, defeating New Mexico, 12-2, Sunday in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. The Golden Bears improved to 9-1-1 on the year, while the Lobos dropped to 8-5. Cal pounded out a season-high 20 hits, highlighted by home runs from senior second baseman Josh Satin and junior first baseman David Cooper. The Bears also received a top performance from senior right-hander Alex Rollin, who threw 5.2 innings with four hits, two runs, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season.
The losing pitcher for New Mexico was senior right-hander Stephen Smith (0-1), who threw 4.1 innings with nine hits, six runs, two walks and five strikeouts. For Cal, freshman right-hander Stephen Pistoresi picked up his first collegiate save, throwing the final 3.0 innings with four hits, no runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Junior right-hander Dane Ferguson and freshman right-hander Kevin Miller also provided scoreless relief for the Bears.
Cal's offense excelled as the Bears held a 5-1 leading going into the bottom of the fifth and then exploded for four runs in the fifth, highlighted by junior shortstop Michael Brady's two-run triple, and three runs in the sixth, on a solo home run by Satin and RBI singles by freshmen Brian Guinn and Austin Booker, to put the game out of reach.
Satin (2-for-5, HR) and Cooper (3-for-5, HR) each had three RBI on day, and sophomore right fielder Blake Smith was 4-for-5. The Bears have had a lot of success in the Metrodome, as Cal went 3-0 and captured the Hormel Foods Classic in the Metrodome in 1998. Former Cal catcher Mike Tonis was named the tournament MVP.
The Bears next host San Francisco on Tuesday, Mar. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Evans Diamond.
New Mexico: None.
Cal: Cooper, solo home run in the third inning. Satin, solo home run in the sixth inning.