April 8, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -
The No. 13 California Golden Bears scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning against No. 22 Arizona, but the Wildcats plated three in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 5-4 victory Friday night in Tucson. Senior left fielder Austin Booker drove in three of the Bears four runs.
Booker led off the third inning with a single through the right side of the infield, coming around to score on a sac fly from sophomore second baseman Tony Renda to give Cal a 1-0 lead. Booker hit a sac fly of his own in the fifth inning, scoring sophomore center fielder Darrel Matthews, who had tripled to lead off the inning.
The Wildcats scored one run in the fifth and another in the bottom of the eighth off junior right-hander Erik Johnson, knotting the game at two.
Booker came up in the ninth inning with one out and the bases loaded, singling again through the right side into right field to plate a pair of runs and give Cal the 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Cal's closer, junior right-hander Matt Flemer walked two batters and gave up a pair of doubles as the Wildcats scored three runs to win the game.
Johnson got a no-decision, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out 11. Flemer takes the loss, falling to 1-2 on the season.
Booker went 2-for-4 with three runs driven in and a run scored. Matthews went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Bears (19-8, 5-2 Pac-10) and the Wildcats (21-10, 3-4 Pac-10) play again on Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in Tucson. Sophomore left-hander Justin Jones will start for the Bears.