Mar. 15, 1997

Cal Baseball Defeats Arizona State, 6-4

BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California baseball team won its first league game of the season, defeating visiting Pacific-10 Conference foe Arizona State, 6-4, Saturday at Evans Diamond. Cal goes to 12-16 overall and 1-7 in conference, while Arizona State falls to 18-11, 4-7 in league.

Cal freshman third baseman Kevin Johnson, an Oakland native, broke a 4-4 tie with his first collegiate home run in the seventh inning, helping the Bears break a 10-game conference losing streak that carried over from the 1996 season (last Cal conference win was an 8-5 victory over Arizona, Apr. 28, 1996). Cal's senior first baseman, John Furstenthal gave the Bears an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth inning.

The game was a pitching dual between starters Drew Fischer from Cal and Ryan Mills from Arizona State. Fischer pitched 6.0 innings with five hits, only one earned run, no walks and five strikeouts. He was replaced in the seventh inning by Tyler Walker, who improved his record to 2-1 (three saves) by pitching the final 3.0 innings with no hits, no runs and three walks. Mills (2-1), who was taken out of the game after surrendering the home run to Johnson, pitched 6.3 innings with five hits, two earned runs, three walks and seven strikeouts.

Top hitters for Cal included Johnson, who was 2-for-2, and his twin brother Curtis, who was 2-for-4. Leading hitter for Arizona State was Andrew Beinbrink, who was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Beinbrink's lead-off home run in the sixth inning tied the game, 4-4.

Cal will next host No. 14 ranked Arizona State for the third game of the three-game series at Evans Diamond, beginning Sunday, Mar. 16 at 1 p.m. The Sun Devils defeated the Bears, 13-9, on Friday.