March 5, 2010
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The California baseball team kept No. 17 ranked Arkansas (7-1) at bay for most of the afternoon before giving up five runs in the eighth inning to fall to the Razorbacks, 7-3, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears (6-2) had owned a 3-2 lead after seven innings behind freshman right fielder Jimmy Bosco's first collegiate homer in the second inning, and unearned runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Cal freshman left-hander Justin Jones had limited Arkansas, a 2009 College World Series participant, to only two runs through seven innings before yielding four consecutive hits to begin the eighth inning. The Razorbacks' Zack Cox gave his squad a 4-3 lead with a two-run single up the middle off Jones (2-1, 7.0 innings, eight hits, six runs, three walks, three strikeouts). James McCann then put the contest away when he followed Cox's hit with a three-run homer off Bear senior right-hander Daniel Wolford.
The winning pitcher for Arkansas was senior right-hander Mike Bolsinger (2-0, 7.0 innings, six hits, three runs, one earned run, no walks, six strikeouts). Freshman closer DJ Baxendale earned his third save of the season by pitching the final 1.2 innings (no hits, no runs).
Bolsinger's errors almost cost him the game. After Bosco's home run in the second inning, the Razorbacks came back with a run in the fourth inning on Andy Wilkin's solo home run to left field. Arkansas then took a 2-1 lead with a run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Collin Kuhn. However, Cal ended up taking back the lead by scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bolsinger threw wildly on a pick-off attempt, and an unearned run in the sixth inning when he threw wildly on a ball hit by Danny Oh. Oh later scored from third base on Mark Canha's RBI ground out to give the Bears a 3-2 advantage.
Bosco, Oh and Canha each had two hits apiece for Cal. The Bears other hit on the day was a single by freshman Tony Renda to lead-off the fifth inning.
Cal will next play Arkansas in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Arkansas: Wilkins, solo home run in the fourth inning.
Cal: Bosco, solo home run in the second inning.