February 17, 1999
SANTA CLARA, CA - Despite only getting one-hit, a two-out single by Rob Meyer in the ninth inning, the University of California baseball team defeated Santa Clara, 2-1, Wednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. The Bears improve to 5-6 on the year, while the Broncos fall to 1-7 and have lost five, one-run games. It was Cal's third win in a row.
The Bears got their two runs in the top of the first inning when a ball hit by Cal's Xavier Nady was dropped by Santa Clara right fielder Eliot Wheeler, allowing Preston Sharp to score. Nady later scored in the first on an RBI groundout by Derek Ayres.
Wheeler tried to atone for his error by hitting a lead-off home run in the seventh inning to give to the Broncos their only run. Santa Clara threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning when it had runners on first and third and one out. But, Bear reliever Trevor Hutchinson earned his first save of the season when he got Pat Peavey to hit into a game-ending double play.
The winning pitcher for Cal was starter Jason Dennis (1-3), who went 5.0 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and five strikeouts. The hard-luck loser for the Broncos was starter Bobby Wood, who pitched 5.0 innings with no hits, two unearned runs and three walks. Hutchinson pitched the final two innings for the Bears with three hits and three strikeouts.
"I would have never thought I'd be worrying about my team getting a hit after playing six innings," said Cal associate head coach David Lawn. "The team did a nice job of hanging in there and the game's final outs were on a tough double play. We won today's game on hustle."
The Bears will next face Stanford in a three-game series beginning Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Sunken Diamond on the Stanford campus.
Home Runs: Santa Clara: Wheeler, solo home run in the seventh. Cal: None.