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Bears batter Bulldogs
By Chris Hadorn
After spotting Fresno State three runs in the top of the first,
California battled back with an offensive fury to win 14-4 at
Cunningham Stadium on the University of San Diego campus on
The Golden Bears took the first game of the University of San
Diego Tournament, improving their record to 3-0-1.
“They are a regional team,” California head coach David Esquer
said. “We beat a team that’s going to be in the playoffs, and
that’s big for us.”
The Bulldogs pitching staff allowed 30 batters to reach base: 16
by hit, 11 by walk and three by hit batsmen. The loss dropped
Fresno to 2-3.
Golden Bears first baseman David Cooper
(pictured right, photo by Chris Hadorn) highlighted the barrage
by going 2 for 3 with four runs and an opposite-field two-run
homer off southpaw Justin Wilson in the third – his fourth in as
many games. Through four contests, the 2007 first team
All-Pac-10 standout is hitting .462 (6 for 13) with 13 RBI.
Cooper, on both the Golden Spikes and Wallace Watch list, has
jumped out of the gates as one of the early favorites for both
awards with his torrid hitting.
“I don’t necessarily feel like he’s on fire,” Esquer said. “He’s
just doing what he does in the real games. We see that all the
Fresno State started the game on a roll as its first five
batters reach base against Chris Petrini. Steve Susdorf, the
2007 All-WAC left-fielder, drove in Erik Wetzel from second on a
RBI double to left-center. Clean-up hitter Alan Ahmady followed
with a two-run single to right to score Todd Sandell and Susdorf
to make it 3-0. Petrini hit the next batter, Tommy Mendonca, and
eventually loaded the bases before getting out of the inning
with no further damage.
Petrini, a sophomore southpaw, wound up pitching 6.2 innings and
allowed only one more run. He finished with four earned runs,
four hits, five walks and three strikeouts.
“Game 1 of a four-game series, you don’t need to be taking out
your starter in the first inning,” Esquer said. “I’m glad he
settled down, got us into sixth. Big for us, big for our
The Golden Bears responded with two runs of their own in the
bottom of the first off Wilson. Josh Satin and Dylan Tonneson
had RBI singles to make it 3-2. Cal took the lead at 4-3 on
Cooper’s blast in the bottom of the third. Wilson surrendered
five earned runs, nine hits and three walks in 4.1 innings.
California added on in the fifth, with Tonneson swiping home on
a double steal. With the Bears leading 6-4 entering the sixth,
the wheels came off for the Bulldogs. After getting the first
two outs, Fresno allowed five runs on two hits, four walks and
two hit batter. Ten hitters came up to bat as head coach Mike
Batesole used four pitchers in the frame. Leading 11-4 after
six, the Bears tagged on three more runs in the bottom of the
seventh to extend their lead.
In addition to Cooper‘s efforts, Jeff Kobernus (3 for 6), Blake
Smith (2 for 4), Satin (3 for 4) and Tonneson (3 for 3) enjoyed
multi-hit games for Cal. Smith led the Bears with three RBI and
Satin contributed three runs.