Feb. 7, 1997
Waves' Wolf Tames Bears, 5-1
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The University of California baseball team fell to Pepperdine, 5-1, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Bears go to 3-3 overall, while the Waves win their first game of the 1997 season (1-4).
Led by the pitching of Randy Wolf, Pepperdine won the first game of a three-game series vs. Cal. Wolf pitched eight innings, allowing eight hits, one run, two walks and eight strikeouts. Pepperdine was also boosted by the hitting of Rob Reid, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Wolf and Cal starter Drew Fischer (1-1) were involved in a pitching duel for most of the game.
The Waves scored two runs in the top of the third inning off of Fischer when Michael Kramer led off the inning with a double and was later driven in on Reid's single. After Fischer walked David Matranga, who then stole second base, Fischer gave up an RBI double to Wolf.
The Bears came back with a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by sophomore shortstop Brian Oliver, but Wolf was able to shut down Cal the rest of the way. Of Wolf's eight strikeouts, six were called third strikes.
Things fell apart for the Bears in the eighth inning. After Fischer, who pitched seven innings and gave up five hits, two runs, two walks and struck out four, was replaced by Ryland Sumner, things turned bad for the Bears.
Sumner was touched for three runs, one on a wild pitch, one one a sacrifice fly by Mark Lopez and one on an RBI single by Tyler Ferrer.
Top hitters for Cal included Oliver, who finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI, and freshman center fielder Curtis Johnson, who was 2-for-3 with a double.
The second game of the series will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.