March 26, 2010
TEMPE, ARIZ. -The California baseball team got within 7-5 of No. 1 Arizona State with four runs in the sixth inning, but that was as close as the Golden Bears would get, falling 12-5 to the top-ranked Sun Devils Friday night (March 26) in Tempe. The Golden Bears, who got a two-run homer from freshman right fielder Jimmy Bosco, dropped to 12-8 overall in 0-1 in the Pac-10. ASU improved to 21-0 on the year and 1-0 in conference.
Cal starting pitcher Erik Johnson struggled against Arizona State, throwing 3.0 innings with seven hits, three earned runs, five walks and two strikeouts. The winning pitcher for the Sun Devils was Seth Blair (5.1 innings, eight hits, five runs, two walks, five strikeouts). The most effective relief pitcher for the Bears was sophomore right-hander Matt Flemer, who pitched the final two innings (one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts)
Down 3-0 after Arizona State tallied three runs in the bottom of the first inning off Johnson, Cal scored its first run of the game in the top of third inning when sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Semien then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on junior second baseman Brian Guinn's RBI ground out to second base.
Behind 7-1 after five innings, the Bears came back with four runs in the top of the sixth inning behind an RBI single from junior first baseman Mark Canha, an RBI double by sophomore catcher Chadd Krist and a two-run homer down the right field line by freshman right fielder Jimmy Bosco off Blair.
Besides Bosco's homer (his second of the season), other top hitters for Cal were Canha, Krist and freshman third baseman Tony Renda with two hits apiece.
The Bears will next play the top-ranked Sun Devils in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Packard Stadium. Cal will be throwing freshman left-hander Justin Jones, who was thrown complete games in his last two starts (at Rice and at Cal Poly)
Cal: Bosco, two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Arizona State: None.