March 2, 1997
Wildcats Sweep Past Bears, 5-3
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of California baseball team fell to Arizona, 5-3, Sunday at Evans Diamond as the Wildcats swept the series from the Golden Bears. Cal had lost a continuation of Friday's game, 8-7, in 15 innings Saturday, and then proceeded to lose Saturday's regularly scheduled game, 2-1, in 10 innings. Arizona improves its record to 17-9 overall and 3-0 in Pac-10 play, while Cal falls to 9-12 overall and 0-3 in conference. The Bears had won eight straight games against the Wildcats before the weekend series.
The winning pitcher for Arizona was junior right-hander David Quick, who improved his record to 4-0 by going six innings with four hits, one run, five walks and three strikeouts. Ryan Moskau came in in the seventh inning and pitched three innings with three hits, two runs, no walks and two strikeouts to earn his fourth save of the year.
With the score 5-1, Cal made a run in the bottom of the ninth by scoring two runs off of Moskau. John Furstenthal had a one-out single and was later advanced to third on a two-out double by Barry Schell. Both Furstenthal and Schell then scored on a two-run double by Dan Garfin. Moskau was able to get the final out when Arizona shortstop Jake Thrower made an outstanding play on a ground ball up the middle by Cal's Juan Hernandez, throwing to first base on a close play to end the game.
The losing pitcher for the Bears was junior starter Doug Nickle (1-2), who threw a career-high seven innings with four hits, three earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Top hitters for Arizona were Jeff Gjerde, who had an RBI double in the second inning and finished 2-for-4, and Colin Porter, who was 2-for-3 with a double and had an RBI single in the second inning. Besides scoring two runs in the second inning, the Wildcats scored single runs in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings on sacrifice flys by Jason Hendricks in the fourth and Thrower in the sixth and eighth. Furstenthal had two hits for the Bears.
Cal next hosts Cal State Hayward, Wednesday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond, before taking on No. 3 ranked USC in a three-game series in Los Angeles, March 7-9.
Arizona 020 101 010 - 5 7 0 Cal 000 000 102 - 3 7 3 Quick, Wood (7), Moskau (7) and King. Nickle, Walker (8) and Hill. WP - Quick (4-0). LP - Nickle (1-2). Save - Moskau (4). 2B - Gjerde, C. Johnson, Porter, Schell, Garfin. SB - Porter, Thrower. DP - Cal 1, Arizona 0. LOB - Cal 7, Arizona 3. Time: 2:34. Attendance: 310.