March 24, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF - Cal baseball (14-10, 4-2) was again plagued by giving up big innings, losing to No. 11 UCLA, 10-2, Sunday (March 24) in the third game of the three-game Pac-12 series at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Golden Bears had scored first on junior catcher Andrew Knapp's RBI double in the first inning, but gave up four runs in the third and five runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Cal had won the first game of the series, 5-1, over the Bruins (17-4, 5-1) on Friday behind the outstanding pitching of freshman right-hander Ryan Mason and a four-run seventh inning, but lost 8-3 on Saturday and 10-2 Sunday. The Bears had opened their 2013 conference slate with a three-game sweep at Utah.
Cal will next travel to San Francisco on Tuesday (March 26) for a 2:30 p.m. contest at Benedetti Diamond, before returning home on Thursday, March 28 for a historic 7 p.m. conference tilt versus USC in the first-ever night game at Evans Diamond Evans Diamond to Get Lights. The Bears will then host the Trojans at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 30 on a game shown on the Pac-12 Networks.
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On Sunday in Los Angeles, Cal struck first when junior first baseman Devon Rodriguez had a two-out single to right center field off of UCLA starter Grant Watson (5-0, 7.0 innings, six hits, two runs, one earned run, no walks, five strikeouts). Knapp, a first-team preseason All-American for the Bears, then followed with an RBI double to left field to give Cal a 1-0 lead.
The Bears maintained their advantage until sophomore right-hander Dylan Nelson (0-1, 2.2 innings, seven hits, four runs, one walk) ran into trouble in the bottom of the third inning, yielding four runs on six hits.
Cal came back with one run in the fifth inning to get within 4-2 when freshman designated hitter Nick Halamandaris led-off the inning with a single up through the middle of the infield. Halamandaris was sacrificed to second base on a Brenden Farney bunt and advanced to third base on freshman left fielder Brian Celsi's single through the right side of UCLA's infield. Halamandaris then scored on a passed ball by Bruin catcher Shane Zeile.
But UCLA scored a run in the sixth inning and five runs in the eighth inning to seal the win. Veterans Knapp (2-for-3, RBI double) and Rodriguez (2-for-4) were the top hitters for the Bears. Junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp also doubled for Cal, which finished with seven hits.