April 6, 1997

Cal's Offensive Struggles Continue

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Sophomore lefty Rob Shabansky threw a seven-hitter in his first career complete game, leading 25th-ranked Arizona (28-16, 11-7 in the Six-Pac) to a 7-0 win over California (13-26, 1-17) and giving the Cats their third-straight shutout over the Bears this weekend.

UA outscored Cal, 19-0, in the series and allowed just two extra-base hits all weekend. Only two Bears reached third base in the three games. Prior to the Cal series, Arizona had thrown just four shutouts in 18 and a half years of Pac-10 play. This is the first time the Cats have pitched three consecutive shutouts in 24 seasons.

Arizona also completed a season sweep of Cal, having won all six games played between the two teams. This is just the fourth Six-Pac season sweep for the Cats and the first since taking all six games from UCLA in 1989. The win, combined with Arizona State's win over UCLA, moves Arizona into second place in the Pac-10 South.

Offensively, sophomore third baseman Omar Moraga went 3-for-3, while junior shortstop Jake Thrower was 3-5. Both players scored a run, drove in one and doubled.

Arizona returns to action Tuesday when the Cats travel to Grand Canyon for a 7 p.m. contest.

California  000 000 000 -   0   7   2
Arizona     003 002 00x -   5   11  0

Steele, Cuccias (3), Nickle (6) and Hill. Shabansky and Clark. W-Shabansky, 7-4. L-Steele, 2-3.