May 2, 1997
Cal Baseball Loses Close Game to UCLA, 6-5
BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California baseball team fell to No. 4 ranked UCLA, 6-5, Friday at Evans Diamond. Cal goes to 17-36 overall and 3-25 in Pac-10 Southern Division play, while UCLA improves to 37-14-1 overall and 16-9 in league.
Jon Heinrichs hit a solo home run in the eighth inning off of Bear reliever Tyler Walker to break a 5-5 tie and lead the Bruins to the 6-5 win. UCLA right fielder Eric Byrnes made the defensive play of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning when he fielded Aaron Gordnier's single and threw out Ivan Lewis at home plate to perserve the lead.
The winning pitcher for UCLA was reliever John Phillips (1-0), who replaced starter Tom Jacquez in the sixth inning and pitched 2.0 innings with one hit, one run, one walk and one strikeout. Jake Meyer earned his sixth save of the year pitching the final 1.3 innings with two hits and two strikeouts.
The losing pitcher for Cal was Walker (3-4), who went 2.0 innings with one hit, one run, no walks and two strikeouts. Freshman starter Jon Shirley had kept the Bears in the ballgame by pitching 7.0 innings with 12 hits, two earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts.
Top hitters for the Bruins were Peter Zamora (3-for-4, two RBI) and Jack Santora (3-for-5) with three hits apiece. The Bears were led at the plate by Gordnier, who was 4-for-4, and John Furstenthal, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Jason Hill had tied the game 5-5 with an RBI double in the seventh inning off of Phillips.
Cal will play the second game of the three-game series Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.