April 27, 1999
SANTA CLARA, CA - The University of California baseball team, hurt by errors in the seventh and eighth innings, fell to host Santa Clara, 10-6, Tuesday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. Cal goes to 21-29 overall, while Santa Clara improves to 14-31.
The Bears were trailing the Broncos 5-3 with two outs in the bottom of seventh inning when Cal left fielder Juan Hernandez misplayed a fly ball hit by Eliot Wheeler, allowing two runs to score. The Bears battled backed by scoring three runs in the top of the eighth on RBI singles by Jason Williams, pinch hitter Derek Ayres and an RBI ground out by Curtis Johnson, to make the score 7-6.
But, two errors in the bottom of the eighth doomed the Bears as reliever Jon Cuccias made an error on lead-off batter Mike Theoharis, and later shortstop Williams had an error with the infield in on a ball hit by Kevin Okimoto, allowing Theoharis to score. Wheeler later had a two-run single for the final 10-6 margin.
The winning pitcher for Santa Clara was starter Peter Rice (2-2, 2.0 innings, four hits, two runs, two walks, one strikeout) and reliever A.J. Ampi earned his fifth save of the season, getting Xavier Nady to fly out to deep right field in the eighth and shutting the Bears down in the ninth. The losing pitcher for Cal was starter Trevor Hutchinson (3-5), who went 4.0 innings with six hits, five runs and six walks. Hutchinson gave up all five runs to the Broncos in the second inning on an RBI single by Ryan Hinn, a two-run double by Theoharis, an RBI ground out by Matt Queen and an RBI single by Scott Albright. Hinn finished the contest 4-for-5 for Santa Clara.
The Bears scored twice in second inning on an RBI single by Rob Meyer and a sacrifice fly by Johnson. Cal scored another run in the third on an RBI ground out by Williams. Clint Hoover (3-for-4, two doubles) and Williams (3-for-5, two RBI) had three hits apiece for the Bears.
Cal will next host Pacific, Wednesday, Apr. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond, and then host Arizona in a three-game conference series, beginning Friday Apr. 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Home Runs: Santa Clara: None. Cal: None.