No. 7 Cal Baseball Comes Back to Defeat Cal Poly, 10-8
April 22, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Down 7-1, the No. 7 ranked California baseball team made an impressive comeback, defeating Cal Poly, 10-8, Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears had yielded five runs in the top of the fourth inning, but rallied to score nine runs in the next four innings, including a five-run sixth inning. Cal improved to 27-10-2 overall and the Mustangs fell to 17-20.
The Bears pounded out 14 hits and received a strong relief performance from sophomore left-hander Chris Petrini (3-2), who came into the game in the fifth inning and threw 3.1 innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Junior right-hander Matt Gorgen earned his Pac-10-leading eighth save by getting the final three outs in the top of the ninth (1.0 inning, no hits, one strikeout).
Offensively, junior left fielder Charlie Cutler had three hits (3-for-5, double, RBI); and junior center fielder Michael Capbarat (2-for-5, RBI), junior first baseman David Cooper (2-for-5, double, RBI), senior second baseman Josh Satin (2-for-2, home run) and sophomore right fielder Blake Smith (2-for-5, double, RBI) had two hits apiece. Sophomore designated hitter Brett Jackson and sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson added two RBI apiece as well.
Cal Poly had started the day's scoring by notching two runs in the top of the first off of Cal starter Todd Fitzgerald on Brent Morel's two-run single. The Bears made the score 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the second inning on Tonneson's RBI single off of Mustang starter DJ Mauldin (4.0 innings, seven hits, three runs, one walk, two strikeouts).
Cal Poly then jumped ahead, 7-1, with five runs in the top of the fourth, with key plays being a controversial double by Wes Dorrell (Cal thought the ball was caught by Capbarat after deflecting off of Cutler's mitt), and a two-run single by Morel.
Cal mounted its comeback with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Capbarat and an RBI single by Cutler. The Bears added a run in the fifth on Satin's lead-off homer - his 13th roundtripper of the year.
Cal finally exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth off of Cal Poly relievers Derrick Saito and Mark DeVincenzi (1-1, 0.2 innings, two hits, three runs, two earned runs, one walk) with the big hits being an RBI double by Cooper, a sacrifice fly by Tonneson and an RBI single by Smith. Cal got its 10th run in the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by Jackson. In the top of the ninth the Mustangs made the final score, 10-8, on Logan Schafer's sacrifice fly.
The Bears next continue Pac-10 play when it travels to Arizona State for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Cal Poly: None.
Cal: Satin, solo home run in the fifth inning.