Cal Baseball Upsets No. 10 Ranked CF Fullerton, 6-5 in 12 Innings

Opener for both teams lasts nearly five hours

Jan. 30, 1998

FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of California baseball team defeated No. 10 ranked Cal State Fullerton, 6-5 in 12 innings, Friday night at Titan Field in Fullerton, CA. The four hour and 50 minute marathon was the season-opener for both teams.

The Bears broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the 12th inning when freshman first baseman Jason Dennis hit a two-strike, two-out double off of CS Fullerton reliever Marco Hanlon, scoring freshman second baseman Xavier Nady. Nady had led-off the inning with a single and was advanced to second on sacrifice bunt by senior left fielder Aaron Gordnier. Hanlon was able to strikeout Cal’s next batter, Mike Tonis, but then walked catcher Jason Hill before giving up the game-winning hit to Dennis.

In the bottom of the 12th, the Bears brought in sophomore right-hander Brad Steele, who after giving up a one-out single to the Titans Aaron Rowand, was able to strikeout the next two batters to pick up his first save off his college career.

The winning pitcher for Cal was junior left-hander Reed Goemann, who came in the game in the 11th inning and was able to get the final out. The losing pitcher for CS Fullerton was Hanlon, who went 1.3 innings with two hits, one walk and one strikeout.

The Bears were trailing 2-1 when they exploded for three runs in the eighth inning on a two-run homer by junior shortstop Brian Oliver and a bases loaded walk by Hill to take a 4-2 lead. CS Fullerton was able to come back and tie the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the contest into extra innings. Both teams then scored single runs in the 11th, before Cal was able to prevail in the 12th.

Top hitters for the Bears were Nady, went 3-for-5 with a double in his first official college game, and Oliver, who was 2-for-6 with the two-run homer. Cal also received an outstanding pitching effort from sophomore starter Jon Shirley, who went 6.0 innings with five hits, one earned run, one walk and five strikeouts. The Titans were led at the plate by Rowand, who was 3-for-6, and also received a stellar effort from their starting pitcher, Erasmo Ramirez, who pitched 7.7 innings with seven hits, three earned runs, no walks and seven strikeouts.

Cal will play the second game of the three-game series against CS Fullerton Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m.

Home Runs:
CSF: Ryan Moore, solo home run in the fourth.
Cal: Brian Oliver, two-run homer in the eighth.