Feb. 26, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Behind the stellar pitching of freshman right-hander Tyson Ross, the California baseball team (6-5) completed its sweep of UC Santa Barbara (3-6) with a rain-shortened 2-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Evans Diamond. After an hour and 46 minute rain delay to start the game, the Golden Bears and the Gauchos played five innings before rain ended the contest. Cal earned its sweep by defeating UCSB, 3-0, Friday and, 4-2, Saturday. It was the Bears' first sweep since winning three straight over Washington State last season, Mar. 24-26.
Ross (2-1) had his second consecutive superb pitching performance, throwing 5.0 innings with three hits, no runs, one walk and eight strikeouts. He had thrown 6.0 innings with six hits, one run, four walks and nine strikeouts in his last outing versus Long Beach State Feb. 12 at Evans Diamond. Ross is now 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and has recorded 21 strikeouts in 16.0 innings.
The losing pitcher for UC Santa Barbara was starter Bryan Fleming (1-2), who threw 5.0 innings with three hits and two unearned runs. Cal scored its first run when Allen Craig reached on a throwing error by Gaucho shortstop Chris Valaika in the first inning and later scored on an RBI ground out by Josh Satin. The Bears tacked on their second run in the third inning when sophomore catcher Travis Howell reached on an error by UCSB second baseman Alden Carrithers and eventually scored on Brett Munster's RBI groundout.
Cal is next scheduled to play an exhibition game against Keio (Japan) University on Monday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears then are set to host Sacramento State on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond, before hosting Bay Area rival Stanford in a three-game non-conference series, beginning Friday, Mar. 3 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
UCSB returns to action on March 3 when it visits Loyola Marymount for a three-game series starting on Friday at 2 p.m.