March 13, 2010
HOUSTON, TEXAS - The California baseball team had held a 7-2 lead after five innings, but gave up 24 runs in the next three innings on the way to a 26-11 loss to No. 9-ranked Rice Saturday (March 13) at Reckling Park in Houston. The Golden Bears, who had won the first two games (8-6, 6-4) of the four-game series, fell to 9-4, and the host Owls improved to 9-7.
A positive note for Cal was the starting pitching of sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson (5.0 innings, five hits, two runs, five walks, four strikeouts), and home runs from sophomore Marcus Semien and freshmen Tony Renda and Mitch Delfino.
The Bears scored two runs in the top of the first inning off Rice starter Tony Cingrani on an RBI single up the middle by junior first baseman Mark Canha. Canha then advance to third on a double by sophomore catcher Chadd Krist and scored on Renda's fielder's choice RBI.
The Owls came back with two runs in the bottom of the first inning on designated hitter Chase McDowell's two-run single off Anderson. Anderson was able to hold Rice scoreless the next four innings.
Cal added two more runs in the second inning on Semien's two-run homer to left-center field, a run in the third inning on an RBI single to center field by sophomore left fielder Chad Bunting, and two runs in the fourth inning on RBI singles by Canha and Renda for a 7-2 lead.
The wheels then came off for the Bears' pitching as they gave up 12 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and six runs in both the seventh and eighth innings.
Offensively, Cal ended with 17 hits, with Canha and Renda finishing with three hits apiece. Renda hit a home run in the seventh inning and Delfino knocked a two-run homer in the ninth inning.
The Bears wrap up their four-game series at Rice, Sunday, March 14 at 1 p.m. CT in Houston.
Cal: Semien, two-run homer in the second inning. Renda, solo home run in the seventh inning. Delfino, two-run homer in the ninth inning.
Rice: Rendon, three-run homer in the seventh inning. Rendon, grand slam in the eighth inning.