February 10, 1999
BERKELEY, CA - The University of California baseball team broke a 4-4 tie by scoring two runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 6-4 win over visiting Fresno State Wednesday at Evans Diamond. The Bears go to 2-5 on the year, while the Bulldogs fall to 5-3.
Cal scrambled to get the win as the Bears scored their two runs in the eighth inning with two outs. With runners on first and third, Xavier Nady was safe on a fielder's choice, allowing Juan Hernandez to score. Then Mike Tonis hit a ball that was fielded by Fresno State first baseman, Brandon Gemoll, but Gemoll's flip to pitcher Hans Smith was dropped, allowing Cal's Preston Sharp to score.
Sharp had a big day for the Bears, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Rob Meyer (2-for-5, RBI) and Jason Dennis (2-for-3, double) also hit well for Cal.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was freshman Trevor Hutchinson (1-0), who earned his first collegiate win by getting out of a runners on first and second with no outs jam in the eighth inning and then getting all three batters faced out in the ninth. Hutchinson went 2.0 innings with one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Fresno State was Smith (0-1), who went 1.3 innings with one hit, one earned run, no walks and one strikeout.
Top hitters for the Bulldogs were Denis Brewer, who went 2-for-4 and had a two-run single in the fifth inning, and Jason Fanconi, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the fifth. Fresno State came back from a 2-0 deficit after three innings by scoring a run in the fourth inning and then took a 4-3 lead by scoring three runs in the fifth inning. Cal tied the game, 4-4, in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Hernandez.
The Bears will next host No. 3 ranked Long Beach State in a three-game series, beginning Friday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.