April 22, 1997

Spartan Baseball Downs Golden Bears, 18-8

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose State University scored in each of the first five innings piling up a 16-4 lead and went on to defeat the University of California, 18-8, in a non-conference baseball game at Municipal Stadium.

The Spartans, 32-17, pounded out 20 hits with each starting position player collecting at least one base hit. Freshman Rob Douglas led the San Jose attack going 4-for-6 with 3 RBI and three runs scored. First baseman Robert Berns added his eighth home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning.

Jeff Baker, the second of four Spartan pitchers, picked up the win to raise his record to 4-1 by pitching 4.1 innings. Baker surrendered just one run.

California, 17-31, had 17 hits including a 4-for-5 performance by shortstop Brian Oliver.

Cal used up seven pitchers with the loss going to starter Jason Ball. Ball gave up four runs in the first inning of the game.

Riding a four game losing streak the Golden Bears begin a three game Pac-10 series with Bay Area rival Stanford on Friday, April 25.

California       102 010 004  -  8  17  5
San Jose State   414 350 01x  - 18  20  0
Cal - Ball, Nickle, Vorhis, Jensen, Sumner, Goemann
Cuccias and Hill, Destefano. SJSU - Farias, Baker,
McDermott, Bonomo and Ashley, Hamilton. WP - Baker (4-1).
LP - Ball (1-1). Save - None. Time - 3:16.
Attendance - 184.