March 2, 2013
HOUSTON, TEXAS -Except for a disastrous eight-run fourth inning, the Cal baseball team played No. 1-ranked North Carolina (10-0) close, falling to Tar Heels, 11-5, Saturday (March 2) during the second day of the Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Golden Bears (4-6) were led offensively by junior designated hitter Devon Rodriguez, who went 3-for-4 to raise his season average to .405 (15-for-37).
Cal scored the first run of the day in the bottom of the first inning when junior center fielder Derek Campbell was hit by pitch from North Carolina starter Benton Moss (3-0, 5.2 innings, four hits, two earned runs, three walks, nine strikeouts). Campbell later advanced to second base on a Rodriguez single, went to third base on an error by the Tar Heels, and scored on junior right fielder Jacob Wark's sacrifice fly.
The Bears held their 1-0 lead until the top of the fourth inning when North Carolina scored eight runs on six hits off of Cal's freshman left-hander Jake Schulz (0-1). The Tar Heels tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning off of the Bears' junior reliever Michael Lowden.
Cal was able to put together a four-run sixth inning to make the score, 11-5. Freshman outfielder Devin Pearson had a one-out double and scored on a single by freshman left fielder Brian Celsi. Campbell later scored junior second baseman Mike Reuvekamp with a single through the left side of the infield, and a dropped fly ball by North Carolina left fielder Michael Russell allowed two more Bear runs to score.
Cal will play its final game of the Astros Foundation College Classic when it takes on host Houston, Sunday, March 3 at 11 a.m. Central Time. The Bears will then compete at No. 13 Rice on Monday, March 4 at 3 p.m. Central Time at Reckling Park.