BERKELEY - Sophomore center fielder Devin Pearson knocked in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring Derek Campbell to give the Golden Bears a 2-1 win over No. 18 Texas in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday (Feb. 15). Cal fell, 6-2, in game two to go to 2-1 on the season
Campbell had led off the eighth inning with a double off of Texas reliever Justin Peters in the first game of the doubleheader. Cal's winning pitcher was sophomore reliever Ryan Mason, who pitched the final 3.0 innings (two hits, no runs, no walks, three strikeouts).
Pearson (2-for-4) and senior left fielder Vince Bruno (2-for-3) were the Bears' top hitters in game one, while senior left-hander Kyle Porter had a solid start, going 5.0 innings with seven hits, one run, no walks and four strikeouts.
In game two, the Bears took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when freshman Robbie Tenerowicz led off the inning with a single and eventully scored on a throwing error by Longhorn third baseman Andy McGuire. But, Texas came back versus Cal freshman right-hander Alex Schick (4.2 innings, three hits, four runs, three earned runs, four walks, one strikeout)., scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings and two runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead.
The Bears got one run back in the eighth inning on an RBI single by sophomore first baseman Nick Halamandaris to get within 4-2. Texas' Mark Payton extended the lead to 6-2 with a two-run homer off of Collin Monsour in the top of the ninth inning. The Longhorns winning pitcher was starter Lukas Schiraldi, who went 7.0 innings with five hits, one run, two walks and two strikeouts.
"It was great to see our team be able to produce a win in a tight game against Texas," said Cal coach David Esquer. "We knew that Texas was going to keep on battling in the second game and we didn't play as well. We are expecting another tough challenge for the final game of the series on Sunday."
The two teams will play the final game of the four-game series on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.