Cal Baseball Falls to Arizona, 6-5
May 1, 1999
BERKELEY, CA - Arizona reliever Tony Milo got Cal's Xavier Nady to line out to third base as the Wildcats held on for a 6-5 victory over the Bears Saturday at Evans Diamond. Cal goes to 23-30 overall and 8-12 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while Arizona improves to 31-19, 11-9 in league. The Bears had defeated the Wildcats, 4-0, Friday.
Cal had scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth off of Arizona starter Ben Diggins and reliever Mike Meyer. The Bears Rob Meyer had a two-out RBI double off of Meyer, followed by a two-run single by Curtis Johnson. But Milo came in and with two strikes got Nady to line out sharply to third baseman Erik Torres to end the game.
In the sixth inning, Nady had tied the game, 2-2, with a solo home run to right field. It was Nady's 22nd home run of the season, tying a school record for single-season homers (with Troy Penix, 1992).
It was Milo's fourth save of the season and it preserved a solid outing by Diggins, who improved his record to 8-4, pitching 8.0 innings with four hits, three runs, five walks and eight strikeouts.
The losing pitcher for Cal was starter Jason Dennis (2-8), who pitched his third complete game of the season (9.0 innings, 10 hits, three earned runs, two walks, five strikeouts). Andy Juday was the top hitter for Arizona, going 2-for-5 with three RBI, including an RBI double in the seventh inning and a key two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth inning.
Johnson and Clint Hoover had two hits apiece for the Bears.
Cal will next host Arizona in the third game of the three-game conference series, Sunday, May 2 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Home Runs: Arizona: None. Cal: Nady, solo home run in the sixth inning.