June 4, 2010
NORMAN, OKLA. - The California baseball team struggled early in the 2010 NCAA Regional in Norman, Okla., giving up six runs to North Carolina (37-20) in the top of the first inning and ended up falling, 12-3, to the Tar Heels Friday night (June 4) at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Golden Bears (29-24) did get a pair of hits each from freshman right fielder Tony Renda, junior second baseman Brian Guinn and junior first baseman Mark Canha. Canha also knocked his 10th home run of the season and finished with two RBI, giving him a Pac-10 leading 69 RBI for the season.
Cal will next play Oral Roberts (35-26) at 1 p.m. CT, Saturday, June 5 at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Golden Eagles had lost 7-6 in 10 innings to host Oklahoma in Friday's 1 p.m. game.
The winning pitcher for North Carolina was right-hander Matt Harvey, who improved his record to 8-3 by going 6.0 innings with four hits, two runs, three walks and nine strikeouts. The Bears' freshman left-hander Justin Jones (10-6), failed to record an out in the top of the first inning, giving up five runs on two hits, including yielding a three-run homer to Dillon Hazlett that helped North Carolina to a 6-0 lead before Cal came up to bat.
The Bears got on the board in the third when sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien started off the inning with a walk off Harvey. With one out, Renda hit a towering shot to straight center field for an RBI double, scoring Semien. It was Renda's 20th double of the season, tying him for fourth on the Cal all-time single-season list.
Renda was involved in another Bear run in the fifth inning, leading off with a single through the left side off Harvey. After Guinn also singled off Harvey through the left side of the infield, Canha knocked in his 68th RBI with a run-scoring single to center field. Canha later led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field for his 69th RBI of the year.
"It was a difficult ball game," said Cal coach David Esquer, who has led Cal to its second regional in the last three years. "This was not the way to start, not the way we like to start. I don't think we showed how we have played in the past or who we really are...I am disappointed we didn't get a chance to play like we are capable of, but we have to rebound and come back strong tomorrow."
Cal: Canha, solo home run in the eighth inning.
North Carolina: Hazlett, three-run homer in the first inning. Bunting, two-run homer in the fourth inning.