BERKELEY – Cal struck first on junior right fielder Derek Campbell’s towering home run over the left field fence in the first inning, but were then shut down by defending NCAA champion UCLA, losing 6-1 in the series final Sunday (March 16) at Evans Diamond.
The Golden Bears (10-8, 0-3) ended up losing all three games of their opening Pac-12 series, also falling 3-2 Friday and 3-1 Saturday to the Bruins (12-7, 3-0). Cal next plays a Tuesday, March 18 non-league contest at Fresno State (6:36 p.m.) before visiting Cal Poly for a four-game series, March 21-24, in San Luis Obispo.
On Sunday, Campbell gave the Bears an exciting start versus UCLA starter Cody Poteet (2-1, 7.0 innings, three hits, one run, two walks, four strikeouts) with his team-leading third home run. However, the Bruins took control of the game with three runs in the third inning off of Cal’s junior left-hander Michael Theofanopoulos (1-3, 2.0 innings, five hits, three runs, two earned runs, no walks, three strikeouts), on an RBI double by Christoph Bono, and RBI single by Shane Zeile and a sacrifice fly by Luke Persico.
The Bruins scored insurance runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings for the final 6-1 margin.
Besides Campbell’s home run, junior infielder Brenden Farney extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-4.