April 6, 2013
TUCSON, ARIZ. - The Cal baseball team dropped its second game of its three-game series at defending national champion Arizona, 6-4, Saturday night at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. The Golden Bears, who dropped to 16-15 overall and 5-6 in the Pac-12, were paced by Jacob Wark, Grant Diede with two hits apiece. Freshman Diede also led Cal with two RBI.
Arizona jumped ahead 4-0 after the bottom of the first inning off of Cal senior left-hander Justin Jones (1.0 innings, six hits). But, the Bears responded with two runs in the second inning when junior right fielder Wark doubled and scored on sophomore third baseman Chris Paul's RBI single to left field. Paul later scored on Diede's RBI single off the pitcher.
After the Wildcats scored single runs off of Cal relievers Chris Muse-Fisher (2.0 innings, two hits, one run, two strikeouts) and Ryan Wertenberger (3.0 innings, three hits, one run, two walks, two strikeouts) in the third and fourth innings to take a 6-2 lead, the Bears came back with two more runs in the seventh inning to get within 6-4.
In the seventh, freshman designated hitter Nick Halamandaris led off with a single, advanced to second base on a balk and scored on Diede's RBI single to left field. Junior shortstop Ruevekamp followed with a single to center field and eventually scored on junior first baseman Devon Rodriguez's RBI groundout.
The Bears threatened to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning with runners on second and third base after Reuvekamp was hit by a pitch and Farney singles, but Rodriguez was struck out with Arizona reliever Mathew Troupe to end the game.
Cal, who had fallen to the Wildcats, 10-1 on Friday, will next battle Arizona in the final game of the series. The Sunday, April 7 contest between the two schools will be shown at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.