Feb. 24, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Led by the pitching of junior Brandon Morrow and freshman Matt Gorgen, with the timely hitting of senior Allen Craig and freshman Charlie Cutler, Cal shutout UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 4-5, while the Gauchos dropped to 3-4.
Right-hander Morrow, a preseason All-American, improved his record to 2-0 by throwing 6.0 innings with only one hit, six walks and nine strikeouts. Gorgen replaced Morrow in the seventh inning and proceeded to earn his first collegiate save, pitching the final 3.0 innings with two hits, no walks and five strikeouts. The two Bears pitchers combined to limit UCSB to three hits and struck out 14 batters.
Offensively, Cutler gave Cal a 1-0 lead with an RBI single up the middle in the fifth inning off of Gaucho starter Andy Graham (0-2, 6.0 innings, five hits, two runs, one walk, one strikeout). The Bears tacked on another run in the sixth inning on a solo homer by Craig, and notched their third run in the eighth inning when UCSB reliever Justin Segal balked in a run. Both Craig and Cutler finished the day with two hits apiece.
With a single in the third inning, junior Chris Valaika extended his hit streak to seven games. Senior Matt Emerick and freshman Matt Clark tallied the other two Gaucho hits.
Cal next hosts UC Santa Barbara in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.