March 20, 1999
BERKELEY, CA - The University of California baseball team, behind a complete-game shutout from junior right-hander Jon Shirley, defeated two-time defending Pac-10 Champion Washington, 10-0, Saturday at Evans Diamond. Cal improves to 11-17 on the year and 1-0 in the Pac-10 Conference, while Washington falls to 11-5, 0-1.
Shirley (4-2) was outstanding for the Bears as he threw his third consecutive complete game victory and his first career shutout, only giving up two hits with five walks and eight strikeouts. He did not allow a Husky hit until the lead-off batter (Greg Brooks) in the sixth inning, and then the other hit came in the eighth inning on a weakly hit ball by Marc Rittenhouse.
At the plate, the Bears got a run in the second inning off of Washington starter Jeff Heaverlo (4-1, 6.3 innings, seven hits, six earned runs, four walks, eight strikeouts) on a fielder's choice RBI by sophomore second baseman Clint Hoover. Cal then scored three times in the fifth inning on a lead-off home run by David Sark (first collegiate home run), an RBI on a ball hit by Xavier Nady (RBI, error by Husky shortstop Brooks) and an RBI double by Mike Tonis. The Bears later tacked on five more runs in the seventh inning on another RBI double by Tonis and a grand slam by Hoover. Cal also scored a run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch by Washington reliever Matt Hampton.
Tonis finished the day 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI, while Hoover was 1-for-4 with a career-high five RBI. The Huskies were hurt by five errors, including three errors from shortstop Greg Brooks and two errors by third baseman Kevin Ticen.
The Bears will next play the second game of the three-game series versus Washington, Sunday, Mar. 21 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Home Runs: Washington: None. Cal: Sark, solo home run in the fifth inning. Hoover, grand slam home run in the seventh inning.