March 4, 2011
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. -The No. 14-ranked Cal baseball team lost its second one-run game of the season with a 2-1 defeat at San Diego State Friday night (March 4) at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Golden Bears (6-2) had scored a run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by sophomore Tony Renda, scoring senior left fielder Austin Booker, but that was all the offense Cal could muster for the evening.
The Aztecs won the game with two runs in the fourth inning off Cal junior right-hander Erik Johnson (2-1), who threw 6.0 innings with eight hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. San Diego State's first baseman Jomel Torres had an RBI single up the middle that scored Brendon Meredith, and later in the inning catcher Brad Haynal hit the go ahead RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Torres.
The winning pitcher for the Aztecs was Ethan Miller, who improved his record to 1-1 by going 7.0 innings with five hits, one runs one walk and seven strikeouts. Craig Rasmussen earned his first save of the season by throwing the final 2.0 innings with three hits and a strikeout.
Cal sophomore right-hander Logan Scott pitched the final two innings in relief of Johnson with no hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
The Bears finished with eight hits, with Booker going 2-4 to give Cal its only player with multiple hits on the day. The Bears only other loss so far this season was 3-2 at Stanford, Feb. 22.
The Bears will next play No. 3-ranked Oklahoma at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m., followed by No. 22-ranked Connecticut at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m.