Mar. 11, 1997
Cal Baseball Defeats Santa Clara, 1-0
BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California baseball team shutout visiting Santa Clara, 1-0, Tuesday at Evans Diamond. Cal improves its record to 11-15 overall, while Santa Clara falls to 11-10. The Bears win broke a three-game losing streak and it was the first time Cal had shutout an opponent since shutting out Pepperdine, 2-0, Feb. 2, 1996 in Malibu.
Santa Clara catcher Paul Chiaffredo's throwing error in the seventh inning proved to be the difference as five Bear pitcher combine to shutout the Broncos on five hits.
In Cal's seventh inning, left fielder Preston Sharp led off the inning with a single off of Santa Clara reliever Peter Rice. Sharp was then advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Jason Hill. After Rice was able to get the Bears Curtis Johnson to ground out to third for the second out, Rice walked Juan Hernandez. On ball four to Hernandez, Sharp stoled third and ended up scoring on the wild throw by Chiaffredo.
The winning pitcher for Cal was junior right-hander Jim Vorhis, who improved his record to 2-2 by coming in in the seventh inning and getting the last two outs of fly balls to Sharp with runners on first and second base. Tyler Walker earned his third save of the season for the Bears, pitching the final two innings with two hits, no walks and three strikeouts.
Top hitter for Santa Clara was Todd Hughes, who was 2-for-4. John Furstenthal was 2-for-3 for Cal.
Cal will next host No. 14 ranked Arizona State for a three-game series at Evans Diamond, beginning Friday, Mar. 14 at 2 p.m.
Home Runs: Santa Clara: None. Cal: None.