March 21, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. - The California baseball team rallied for four runs in the top of sixth inning to come back from a 6-1 deficit, but could get no closer, falling 6-5 at Cal Poly Sunday (March 21) afternoon in the third game of a three-game series at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo. The Golden Bears (11-7) ended up winning the series with an 11-9 victory on Friday and a 14-2 win Saturday. The big hits for Cal in the sixth inning were a two-run double by freshman third baseman Tony Renda, and a two-run homer to left fielder by sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien.
The losing pitcher for the Bears was freshman left-hander Matt Evanoff in his first collegiate start (2.0 innings, four hits, three earned runs, two walks). The winning pitcher for the Mustangs was starter DJ Mauldin (5.1 innings, eight hits, five runs, two walks, one strikeout). Mark DeVincenzi threw the final 3.2 innings (one hit, two strikeouts) to earn his second save of the year.
Cal Poly struck first with three runs in the bottom of the second inning when Luke Yoder had a bases loaded walk off Evanoff, followed by a two-run single from Bobby Crocker. Cal came back with a run in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by sophomore catcher Chadd Krist, but the Mustangs answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. J.J. Thompson scored on the Bears' center fielder Darrel Matthew's fielding error and Crocker had an RBI single to right field off sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson.
Cal Poly added another run in the fifth inning on David Van Ostrand's RBI single up the middle against Anderson to extend its lead to 6-1 before the Bears challenged with four runs in the sixth inning off Mauldin.
The Bears will next travel to San Francisco, Tuesday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at Dante Benedetti Diamond.
Cal: Semien, two run homer in the sixth inning.
Cal Poly: None.