No. 12 Cal Baseball Tops Loyola Marymount, 10-4
March 14, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 12-ranked California baseball team extended its winning streak to eight games and snapped Loyola Marymount's four-game winning streak, defeating the Lions, 10-4, Friday in the first game of a four-game series at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who saw the return of junior standout Tyson Ross to the mound and were led offensively by Brett Jackson and Blake Smith with two hits and two RBI apiece, improved to 11-1-1 on the year. LMU dropped to 7-8.
Ross (2-0) won his second game of the year, throwing 5.0 innings with three hits, three runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Due to tightness in his right arm, he had not pitched since the first game of the year when he one-hit Kansas State on Feb. 22. Two of the three hits he gave up on the day were home runs - a two-run shot by Angelo Songco in the fourth inning, and solo shot by Sam Dovel in the fifth inning.
Still, Cal was in control of the game as it scored two runs in the second inning when senior second baseman Josh Satin hit a lead-off double off of LMU starter Andy Beal (0-2, 4.0 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, four walks, three strikeouts). After being sacrificed to second by Jackson's bunt, Satin scored on sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson's RBI single to center. Later in the inning, freshman left fielder Mark Canha hit an RBI double down the left field line, scoring Tonneson.
The Bears added three more runs in the third inning on Jackson's RBI single up the middle and Smith's two-run single to center field. After Ross yielded his two-run homer to Songco in the top of the fourth, Cal came back with a run in the bottom of the fourth when Jackson added his second RBI of the day, a run-scoring single to left field. LMU added a run in the fifth on Dovel's solo home run to get within, 6-3, but the Bears pulled away with three runs in the seventh and a run in the eighth.
In the seventh, Smith led-off the inning with a double off of Lion reliever Brett Williams and later scored of sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman's RBI single. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus also had a run-scoring single up the middle and junior first baseman David Cooper had a sacrifice fly to left. Cal got its final run of the day when Gorman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. LMU scored a run in the top of the ninth on pinch hitter Justin Bunkis' RBI single with the bases loaded for the final 10-4 margin.
Cal will next host Loyola Marymount in a doubleheader, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 15, and then play a single game against the Lions beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 16.
Loyola Marymount: Songco, two-run homer in the fourth inning. Dovel, solo home run in the fifth inning.