April 1, 2010
BERKELEY - Behind solid pitching from sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson and a five-run fourth inning, the Cal baseball upended No. 18 Arizona, 7-2, Thursday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved their overall record to 14-10 and captured their first Pac-10 contest (1-3) after losing three last weekend at No. 1 Arizona State. Offensively, Cal was paced by junior first baseman Mark Canha, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and increased his hitting streak to 15 games.
Johnson improved his record to 4-1 on the year by throwing 6.0 innings with six hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts against an Arizona squad that entered the game leading the Pac-10 with a .372 team batting average. Johnson gave up his lone run when he yielded a solo home run to Steve Selsky to lead-off the top of the second inning.
Down 1-0, the Bears came back strong, but under scary circumstances. Canha led-off the bottom of the fourth inning with a line shot that ricocheted off the head of Wildcat freshman right-hander Kurt Heyer and bounded past Arizona first baseman Rafael Valenzuela for a double. Heyer was taken out of the game, but it was later reported that he was fine.
Cal went on to score five times in the fourth inning off Wildcat reliever Stephan Manthei (2-1, 1.2 innings, five hits, two earned runs, one walk) on an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Tony Renda, an RBI infield single by freshman third baseman Mitch Delfino, an RBI single to right field by sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien and a two-run fielding error by Arizona second baseman Ethan Chavez.
The Bears were able to add a run in the fifth inning when Canha hit a one-out double, advance to third on a Manthei balk and scored on a throwing error by Wildcat third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean.
Arizona came back with a run in the seventh inning on an RBI ground out by Chavez off Cal reliever Brian Diemer to make the score 6-2, but the Bears added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on Semien's RBI triple to center field for the final, 7-2, margin.
Besides Canha's 3-for-4 day, sophomore catcher Chadd Krist, Defino and Semien had two hits apiece.
The Bears next face Arizona in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Friday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Arizona: Selsky, solo home run in the second inning.