Cal Baseball Falls at Tennessee, 9-8
March 7, 1999
KNOXVILLE, TN - The University of California baseball team lost another hard-fought contest, falling 9-8 to Tennessee Sunday in Knoxville, TN. Cal goes to 7-15 on the year, while the Volunteers improved to 8-6. The Bears had defeated Tennessee, 7-3, in the first game of the three-game series Friday, then lost 4-3 Saturday and 9-8 Sunday.
Cal did a good job of battling Sunday against the Volunteers. The Bears fell behind early when freshman starter Trevor Hutchinson (2-2, 3.0 innings, six hits, eight runs, six earned runs, four walks, five strikeouts) struggled, giving up three runs in the first inning on a bases loaded walk, a wild pitch and a hits batsman. Hutchinson then gave up another run in the second inning on a wild pitch, and Tennessee scored four more runs in the fourth inning when Hutchinson gave up three doubles to the first four batters.
Despite giving up eight runs in the first four innings, Cal chipped away, scoring two runs in the second inning on a two-run homer by senior left fielder Preston Sharp. The Bears then scored a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Jason Williams, a run in the fifth on a solo home run by Jason Dennis and a run in the sixth on another RBI by Williams. Sharp had an RBI single in the seventh to get Cal within 8-6.
Tennessee got a break in the eighth inning when Jeff Baumtrog led off the inning with a double, and later scored on an error by Cal first baseman Derek Ayres to make the game, 9-6. The Bears were not done scoring, though, as they scored twice in the top of the ninth off of Volunteer reliever Logan Brummitt. Sophomore right fielder Rob Meyer hit a solo home run and later Williams had his third RBI of the day with a single. Brummitt was able to strikeout Xavier Nady to end the game.
The winning pitcher for Tennessee was starter Quenten Patterson (2-1), who went 7.0 innings with 10 hits, six runs, five walks and three strikeouts. Brummitt (1.3 innings, three hits, two runs, no walks, one strikeout) earned his first save of the season. Cal outhit the Volunteers, 14-10. Top hitters for the Bears were Meyer (4-for-5, double, home run), Sharp (3-for-5, home run, three RBI) and Williams (2-for-4, three RBI).
The Bears will next host Santa Clara, Mar. 9 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond, before hosting Washington State in a three-game non-conference series, beginning Saturday, Mar. 13 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Home Runs: Tennessee: None. Cal: Sharp, two-run homer in the second inning. Dennis, solo home run in the fifth inning. Meyer, solo home run in the ninth inning.