March 17, 2010
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Down 7-0, the Cal baseball team made an impressive comeback with eight runs in the bottom of seventh inning, but was not able to hold on to the lead, falling 12-9 in 11 innings to visiting Houston Wednesday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears and the Cougars both saw their records go to 9-6. Besides Cal scoring eight runs with two outs in the seventh inning, freshman center fielder Darrel Matthews had a clutch two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the 10th inning to keep the Bears alive, 9-9, going into the 11th inning.
Cal faltered in the top of the 11th inning when Bear freshman right-hander Michael Lowden (0-1, 1.2 innings, two hits, three runs, two earned runs, one walk) gave up a lead-off walk to the Cougars' Chris Wallace. Pinch runner Dakota Dill was sacrificed to second base and then scored on a single to left field by Matt Creel when Cal catcher Chadd Krist was unable to handle a throw from left fielder Chad Bunting at the plate. Houston added two more insurance runs when Zak Presley later hit a two-out homer over the right field fence.
The winning pitcher for the Cougars was Creel, who had moved from first base to pitch in the eighth inning (2-0, 3.2 innings, four hits, one run, two walks, one strikeout). William Kankel earned his first save of the season for Houston when he got Austin Booker to ground out in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Despite losing the game, the Bears did have an outstanding comeback in the seventh inning, scoring eight runs on seven two-out RBI (RBI double by Matthews, RBI single by junior second baseman Brian Guinn, RBI single by sophomore left fielder Danny Oh, RBI single by junior first baseman Mark Canha, RBI double by Krist, RBI double by freshman third baseman Tony Renda, go-ahead RBI single by freshman designated hitter Devin Rodriguez) off Houston relievers Mo Wiley and Codey Morehouse.
Canha, Krist, Renda, Rodriguez, Matthews and freshman right fielder Jimmy Bosco all finished two hits apiece as Cal end the day with 16 hits. Houston finished with 18 hits.
The Bears next travel to Cal Poly for a three-game series, beginning Friday, March 19 at 6 p.m. in San Luis Obispo.
Houston: Morehouse, two-run homer in the third inning. Presley, two-run homer in the 11th inning.