March 23, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF - Cal baseball took an early 2-0 lead over No. 11 UCLA, but yielded a combined seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings and fell, 8-3, Saturday (March 23) at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Golden Bears (14-9, 4-1) dropped their first Pac-12 contest of the year, but saw freshman designated hitter Nick Halamandaris hit a home run for his first collegiate hit and junior right fielder Jacob Wark go 3-for-4.
Cal and the Bruins (16-4, 4-1) will play the rubber match of the three-game conference series Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. The Bears had upended UCLA, 5-1, Friday night.
Cal scored the game's two first runs in the top of the second inning off of Bruin starter Nick Vander Tuig (4-2, 7.0 innings, five hits, two runs, no earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts) when Bruin right fielder Ty Moore had an error on a ball hit by junior catcher Andrew Knapp. Knapp then advanced to second base on a Wark single, and scored when sophomore third baseman Chris Paul grounded into a double play.
Halamandaris followed with a solo homer, the first hit of his college career after sitting out the first 21 games of the season with an injured right hand.
But Bear senior left-hander Justin Jones (1-2, 4.1 innings, five hits, three runs, no earned runs, no walks, three walks) gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning to UCLA, and the Bruins took control of the game in the fifth and sixth innings, by combining to score seven runs off of three Cal pitchers.
Finally, the Bears scored their final run in the eighth when freshman outfielders Devin Pearson started the inning off with back-to-back singles. Celsi advanced to third base on a ground ball by junior shortstop Devon Rodriguez's sacrifice fly to center field.
Besides Wark's three hits, Pearson went 2-for-4 as Cal finished with eight hits.