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Bears start Pac-10 play with 5-1 win

Daily Planet Wire Services
Saturday March 23, 2002

LEWISTON, Idaho - Led by the pitching of senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson, the Cal baseball team defeated Washington State, 5-1 Friday in the Pac-10 opener at Harris Field in Lewiston, ID. The Bears improve to 17-11 (1-0) on the year and the Cougars go to 10-11 (0-1).  

Hutchinson improved his record to 6-2 by pitching eight innings with seven hits, one run, only one walk and nine strikeouts. He now has 251 career strikeouts, only 25 strikeouts away from being the school’s all-time strikeout leader (topping Doug Weiss’s 275 strikeouts from 1955-57).  

Offensively, Cal was led by Noah Jackson, David Nicholson, Carson White and Brian Horwitz. Jackson, whose godfather is Dusty Baker, went a career-best 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI single in the second inning. Nicholson was 2-for-5, White was 2-for-5 with an RBI in the third inning and Horwitz was 2-for-3. Matt Einspahr had an RBI ground out for the Bears in the second inning.  

The losing pitcher for Washington State was starter Eddie Bonine (eight innings, nine hits, five runs, three earned runs, four walks, four strikeouts). Bookie Gates led the Cougars at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double.  

Cal plays Washington State in the second game of the three-game conference series Saturday at 1 p.m.