March 9, 2013
Junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp hit a sacrifice fly to center field in the seventh inning, scoring sophomore second baseman Brenden Farney and giving the Cal baseball team a 4-3 victory over Fresno State Saturday (March 9) in game three of the four-game series at Evans Diamond.
Sophomore right-hander Keaton Siomkin picked up the win in relief for his first career victory for the Golden Bears, who improved to 8-7 on the year. Junior right-hander Michael Lowden picked up his first career save for Cal. Fresno State dropped to 3-11.
The Bears are now 3-0 in the series, winning 5-4 in 10 innings Thursday, 8-1 Friday, and now 4-3 Saturday. The series final is 1 p.m. Sunday at Evans Diamond.
Cal freshman center fielder and lead-off hitter Devin Pearson provided the initial spark for the Bears, hitting his first collegiate home run in his first at bat of the game in the first inning off of Bulldog starter Tim Borst. Fresno State came back to take a 3-1 advantage by scoring three times in the top of the fifth inning on Kevin Viers' three-run homer off of Cal reliever Ryan Wertenberger.
However, the Bears responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning off of Borst on an RBI groundout by Reuvekamp and an RBI single by junior designated hitter Devon Rodriguez, to tie the game, 3-3.
Siomkin was outstanding in relief, entering the game in the sixth and throwing 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and a career-high five strikeouts. Lowden was also stellar, throwing the contest's final 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and a strikeout.
Cal won the game in the seventh when Farney led off the inning with a single up the middle. Freshman left fielder Brian Celsi then reach base on a fielding error by Bulldog reliever Tyler Linehan on a sacrifice bunt. Pearson followed with a bunt single down the third base line, advancing Farney to third base, where he ended up scoring on Reuvekamp's sacrifice fly.
Rodriguez led the Bears at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and is now batting .404 on the year. Pearson added a pair of hits for Cal, including his first career roundtripper.
Sunday's Fresno State-Cal contest can be heard on KNEW 960 AM with Jonathan Okanes announcing.