No. 7 Cal Baseball Loses at No. 6 ASU, 11-7, For Second Day in a Row
April 26, 2008
TEMPE, ARIZ. - For the second day in a row, the No. 7 California baseball team fell to No. 6-ranked Arizona State by the score of 11-7 at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. On Saturday, the Golden Bears had tied the game, 7-7, on sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson's three-run homer in the sixth inning, only to see Cal give up four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cal dropped to 27-12-2 overall and 7-7 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils improved to 34-7 and 9-5 in league play.
The losing pitcher for the Bears was junior left-hander Craig Bennigson (3-3, 1.1 innings, no hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts), who replaced freshman starter Kevin Miller (5.0 innings, seven hits, seven runs, six walks, five strikeouts) in the sixth inning. The winning pitcher for ASU was closer Tommy Rafferty, who improved his record to 8-0 by throwing the final 3.0 innings with two hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts.
Cal had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson, an RBI single by Tonneson and a sacrifice fly by junior shortstop Michael Brady. The Sun Devils scored twice in the bottom of the third to take a 4-3 advantage. The Bears came back to tie the game, 4-4, on sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman's RBI single to right field in the fifth, only to see ASU score three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 7-4 lead.
Cal mustered another comeback in the top of the sixth inning when Tonneson hit his three-run shot off of the Sun Devil's Seth Blair, but ASU controlled the game for good by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh when Mike Leake hit a three-run triple off of Bennigson and then scored on Bennigson's wild pitch.
Tonneson was the top hitter for the Bears, going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Junior first baseman David Cooper went 3-for-6; and Gorman, Brady and sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus had two hits apiece for Cal. The Bears out-hit ASU, 14-9.
Cal will next play the third game of the three-game series at ASU, Sunday, Apr. 27 at 1 p.m. at Packard Stadium.
Cal: Tonneson, three-run homer in the sixth inning.
Arizona State: None.