March 6, 2010
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The California baseball team (6-3) lost the second game of the three-game series versus No. 17 ranked Arkansas (8-1), 9-5, Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears battled back from a 9-1 deficit by scoring three runs in the sixth inning on sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien's three-run homer, and a run in the bottom of the ninth on sophomore catcher Chadd Krist's fourth home run of the season.
Cal struggled early against the Razorbacks as Arkansas scored three runs in the third inning off Bear sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson (2-1, 5.0 innings, eight hits, nine runs, three walks, two strikeouts), highlighted by Zack Cox's two-run single. The Razorbacks added a run in the fourth on Tim Carver's solo home run, and then exploded for five runs in the fifth on a solo home run by Andy Wilkins, an RBI double by Brett Eibner and a three-run homer by Carver.
But the Bears did not quit. Freshman left-hander Matt Evanoff replaced Anderson, who had no given up an earned run in his first 14.0 innings of the season, and threw well. Evanoff limited Arkansas to two hits with no runs, no walks and a strikeout in 3.0 innings. Senior left-hander Chris Petrini saw his first action of the year, throwing the top of the ninth (no hits, no runs, two walks).
At the plate, Cal got a run in the bottom of the third when Semien scored on a throwing error by Razorback catcher James McCann after advancing to third on a wild pitch by Arkansas left-hander Drew Smyly (1-0, 5.0 innings, two hits, one unearned run, five walks, seven strikeouts).
Down 9-1, the Bears got their late runs when freshman third baseman Tony Renda led off the sixth inning with a double off Razorback reliever TJ Forrest. Forrest later walked senior designated hitter Eddie Hsieh before giving up a three-run homer to Semien down the left field line. Cal's finally tally came in the bottom of the ninth when Krist powered a shot to left center field off Arkansas' Jordan Pratt.
Krist and Renda had two hits apiece, along with junior second baseman Brian Guinn, for the Bears. Carver was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a three-run homer for the Razorbacks.
Cal will next play Arkansas in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, March 7 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears had fallen to the Razorbacks, 7-3, on Friday.
Arkansas: Carver, solo home run in the fourth inning. Wilkins, solo home run in the fifth inning. Carver, three-run homer in the fifth inning.
Cal: Semien, three-run homer in the sixth inning. Krist, solo home run in the ninth inning.