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Bears avoid sweep, beat Arizona 2-1

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday April 15, 2002

Led by a complete game from sophomore Matt Brown and home runs by Ben Conley and Justin Nelson, the Cal baseball team defeated visiting Arizona, 2-1, Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improved to 23-18 overall and 6-6 in the Pac-10, while Arizona dropped to 24-15 and 5-7 in the conference. The Wildcats had won the first two game of the series, 8-4 on Friday and 18-9 Saturday.  

Brown, who is the Bears closer and the Pac-10 leader in saves with six, threw his first career complete game, improving his record to 4-1 while giving up just four hits, one run, only one walk and a career-high 10 strikeouts.  

Junior centerfielder Conley got Cal on the board first when he hit a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first inning off of Arizona starter Joe Little (5-4, 6 2/3 innings, two runs, one walk, five strikeouts). The Wildcats’ Brad Hassey tied the game with a lead-off homer in the top of the sixth. The winning run for the Bears came in the bottom of the seventh when freshman leftfielder Justin Nelson hit a one-out homer down the right field line off of Little.  

Cal will host Fresno State on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears then travel to Arizona State for a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. at Hohokam Park in Mesa, Ariz.