No. 16 Cal Baseball Loses at Cal Poly, 8-2

April 30, 2008

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. - The No. 16-ranked California baseball team got home runs from its top two hitters, junior first baseman David Cooper and senior second baseman Josh Satin, but still fell, 8-2, to host Cal Poly Wednesday night in San Luis Obispo. The Golden Bears have now lost a season-high four games in a row to drop to 27-14-2 overall. The Mustangs improved their record to 19-23. Cal's last victory was over Cal Poly when it defeated the Mustangs, 10-8, Apr. 22 at Evans Diamond.

The losing pitcher for the Bears was redshirt freshman right-hander Brian Diemer (0-1), who started his first collegiate game, going 1.2 innings with four hits, three runs, two walks and two strikeouts. The winning pitcher for Cal Poly was right-hander Brian Grening (3-3), who went 5.2 innings with five hits, two runs, two walks and five strikeouts. Kevin Castner earned his first save of the year for the Mustangs by throwing the final 3.1 innings with one hit, three walks and five strikeouts. Cal did receive some solid middle relief work from senior right-hander Alex Rollin. Rollin replaced Diemer in the second inning and threw the next 3.1 innings, allowing only one hit with no runs.

The Bears, who finished with six hits and committed four errors, got their runs in the third inning when Cooper hit a home run to left-center field off of Grening, and in the sixth when Satin led-off the inning with a solo shot to left field off of Grening. It was Cooper's Pac-10-leading 17th home run of the year, while Satin knocked his 14 roundtripper of the season. Both Cooper and Satin finished with two hits apiece.

Other top hitters for Cal included sophomore center Brett Jackson and sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson, who both doubled.

The Bears will next try to get back on the winning track when they take on Arizona in a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond, beginning Friday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Home Runs:

Cal: Cooper, solo home run in the third inning. Satin, solo home run in the sixth inning.

Cal Poly: None.

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