No. 16 Cal Baseball Defeats No. 20 Arizona, 11-5
May 2, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Paced by the masterful pitching of junior right-hander Tyson Ross and home runs from Charlie Cutler, Josh Satin, Brett Jackson and Blake Smith, the No. 16-ranked California baseball team defeated No. 20-ranked Arizona, 11-5, Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who lead the Pac-10 with 63 home runs, got solo shots from Cutler and Smith, a three-run homer from Satin and a grand slam from Jackson. Meanwhile, Ross improved his record to 7-2 by throwing 8.0 innings with 11 hits, three runs, three walks and five strikeouts. Cal improves to 28-14-2 overall and 8-8 in league. The Wildcats drop to 30-14 and 7-9 in conference play. The Bears also snapped a four-game losing streak.
The losing pitcher for Arizona was last year's Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and last week's Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Preston Guilmet (5-3), who threw 6.1 innings with seven hits, seven runs, one walk and eight strikeouts.
Cal scored a run in the bottom of the first on junior left fielder Cutler's home run to right field. The Wildcats tied the game, 1-1, in the second inning when Jon Gaston led-off the inning with a double and later scored on Dwight Child's bunt single. The Bears then exploded for four runs in the bottom of the third inning on junior first baseman David Cooper's RBI double to left, followed by senior second baseman Satin's three-run shot off of Guilmet.
Arizona got within 5-2 with a run in the fifth inning when T.J Steele scored on a Ross wild pitch. But, Cal rallied again for another big inning, this time scoring six runs in the seventh inning on Cooper's RBI single, sophomore center fielder Jackson's first career grand slam and sophomore right fielder/pitcher Smith's eighth home run of the year. The Wildcats ended up scoring a run in the eighth on pinch hitter Rafael Valenzuela's RBI single, and two runs in the ninth on bases loaded walks by Colt Sedbrook and Daniel Butler for the 11-5 final.
Both teams finished with 11 hits, but the Wildcats left 13 runners on base. Cutler led the Bears with three hits. Sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman and sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson also hit doubles for Cal.
The Bears will next face Arizona in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Cutler, solo home run in the first inning. Satin, three-run homer in the third inning. Jackson, grand slam in the seventh inning. Smith, solo home run in the seventh inning.