April 30, 1999
BERKELEY, CA - The University of California baseball team, led by a complete game, three-hit shutout by junior right-hander Jon Shirley, defeated visiting Arizona, 4-0, Friday at Evans Diamond. Cal improves to 23-29 overall and 8-11 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while Arizona falls to 30-19, 10-9 in league.
Shirley was spectacular as he finished the game with three hits, one walk and a career-high 11 strikeouts. He did not give up a hit between the fourth and the eighth inning and it was the first time the Wildcats had been shutout in 176 straight games (Apr. 6, 1996 versus USC). Troy Gingrich had two of the three hits for Arizona with a lead-off single in the first inning and a triple in the third inning. The Wildcats' other hit was a double by pinch hitter Mike Meyer in the eighth inning that dropped out of the mitt of a diving left fielder Juan Hernandez. Shirley struck out every batter in Arizona's line-up at least once except for the number nine hitter, Dennis Anderson.
It was Shirley's fifth complete game of the season and his second complete game shutout (Mar. 20, 10-0 victory versus Washington).
Meanwhile, the Bears scored all their runs in the third inning off of Wildcat starter Josh Pearce (6-6), who went 4.0 innings with eight hits, four runs, three walks and three strikeouts. Cal started off the third inning with five consecutive hits off of Pearce, including a two-run double by Clint Hoover, an RBI single by David Sark and a suicide squeeze RBI by Tommy Callen.
Xavier Nady was Cal's leading hitter, going 3-for-4 with a double.
Arizona's Wesley Zlotoff replaced Pearce in the fifth inning and shutdown the Bears, pitching 4.0 innings with no hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
Cal will next host Arizona in the second game of the three-game conference series, Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Home Runs: Arizona: None. Cal: None.