April 16, 2013
BERKELEY - The Cal baseball team got within 6-5 on freshman Grant Diede's RBI single in the seventh inning, but then squandered an opportunity with runners in scoring position and yielded five runs in the top of the eighth to fall to San Francisco, 11-5, Tuesday at Evans Diamond.
The Golden Bears, who finished the day with 14 hits, dropped to 16-20 overall, while USF improved to 21-15. Cal got two hits apiece from Diede, Devin Pearson, Brenden Farney, Andrew Knapp and Mike Reuvekamp. The Bears utilized nine pitchers on the day with sophomore right-hander Keaton Siomkin (1-2, 1.0 inning, four hits, four runs, no walks, two strikeouts) suffering the loss.
After giving up four runs to the Dons in the first inning, Cal came back with a run in the bottom of the first on an RBI ground out by junior designated hitter Devon Rodriguez. USF scored another run in the top of the second inning, but the Bears responded with two runs in the second on Reuvekamp's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Pearson, and a run in the third inning when Knapp doubled and later scored on Diede's single to left field.
San Francisco upped its lead to 6-4 with a run in the fifth inning, but Diede again drove in a run, this time with a single down the left field line in the seventh inning to get Cal within 6-5.
The Bears continue their homestand of eight straight games when they host conference foe Washington State, April 19-21, for a three-game Pac-12 series at Evans Diamond. Game times for the series are 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, and 2 p.m. for Sunday's contest that will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The WSU-Cal series can also be heard on KNEW 960 AM and KALX 90.7 FM.