April 7, 2013
TUCSON, ARIZ. - The Cal baseball team lost a heart-breaking game against defending national champion Arizona Sunday (April 7), falling 5-4 at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. The Golden Bears (16-16, 5-7) had gotten within a run in the top of the ninth inning on Brenden Farney's RBI single, and Devon Rodriguez drove in a run but had hit into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs. Finally, the Wildcats got out of the jam by forcing Andrew Knapp to ground out to first base with the tying run on third base.
After losing to Arizona, 10-1, on Friday; Cal lost close games to the Wildcats on Saturday (6-4) and Sunday (5-4).
Cal had tied Sunday's contest, 2-2, with two runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Farney and Rodriguez, but Bear relievers yielded runs in each of the next three innings to fall behind 5-2. Still, Cal's offense did not give up and mounted the rally in the ninth inning when freshman catcher Mitchell Kranson walked, junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp single and freshman center fielder Devin Pearson was hit by a pitch. Farney then plated Kranson with his single through the left side of the infield and Rodriguez scored Reuvekamp when he grounded to second base to start the double play.
Pearson and Farney provided the top offensive production for Cal, going 3-for-4 with a double and 2-for-3 with two RBI, respectively. Reuvekamp added a pair of hits for the Bears as well.
The losing pitcher for Cal was sophomore right-hander Dylan Nelson (1-2, 2.1 innings, four hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout), who walked in a Wildcat run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Bears will next try to rebound against Pac-12 foe Oregon, April 12-14 at Evans Diamond. Game times for the series versus the Ducks are 6 p.m. Friday night, 6 p.m. Saturday night and 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.