No. 11 Cal Baseball Upsets No. 5 Long Beach State, 6-1
March 28, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Behind the outstanding pitching of junior right-hander Tyson Ross and home runs from sophomores Dylan Tonneson and Blake Smith, the No. 11-ranked California baseball team upset No. 5-ranked Long Beach State, 6-1, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears' Ross, a preseason All-American, was spectacular in throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and six strikeouts to improve to 4-0 on the year. Catcher Tonneson had a solo home run in the second inning and right fielder/pitcher Smith had a solo HR the lead off the bottom of the eighth to help Cal improve to 16-5-1 overall. Long Beach State fell to 17-5.
The losing pitcher for the 49ers was starter Andrew Liebel (2-1), who pitched 7.2 innings with 12 hits, six runs, four earned runs, no walks and four strikeouts. Smith replaced Ross in the ninth inning for the Bears, yielding one hit, one unearned run, one walk and two strikeouts.Cal scored a run in the first inning on senior second baseman Josh Satin's sacrifice fly to deep right field foul territory, scoring junior left fielder Charlie Cutler. The Bears score another run in the second on Tonneson's second home run of the year, a shot over the left field off of Liebel.
Cal gave itself an additional cushion by scoring three runs in the fourth inning. Satin led-off the inning with a single to right, extending his school-record hitting streak to 26 games. Sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson then had a bunt single and both Jackson and Satin advanced an extra base on Long Beach State first baseman Brandon Godfrey's throwing error. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus followed with an RBI single through the left side. Later in the inning, junior shortstop Michael Brady added another RBI single and sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman had a sacrifice fly to center.
The Bears added an additional insurance run in the eighth inning on Smith's home run to left center field. The 49ers scored their lone run in the top of the ninth on a passed ball to allowed pinch hitter Ted Lemasters to score.
The Bears will next host Long Beach State in the second game of the three-game series at Evans Diamond, Saturday, Mar. 29 at 1 p.m.
Long Beach State: None.
Cal: Tonneson, solo home run in the second inning. Smith, Solo home run in the eighth inning.