May 19, 2012
BERKELEY -For the second day in a row Cal baseball gave up runs early to UCLA and it ended up costing the Golden Bears, falling to the Bruins, 8-5, Saturday (May 19) in a Pac-12 contest at Evans Diamond. UCLA (38-13, 17-9) scored seven runs in the first three innings before Cal's bullpen shut down the Bruins, yielding only one run in the final six innings. The Bears (26-24, 9-17) were able to make it a contest by scoring two runs in the eighth inning, but still left the bases loaded twice and ended up stranding 11 runners on base.
Cal is now 0-2 in the conference series with UCLA, losing 7-2 on Friday. The Bears and the Bruins battled at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Evans Diamond for the third game of the series. It will be Senior Day, honoring Cal's seven senior on the 2012 squad - right-hander Matt Flemer, catcher Chadd Krist, outfielder Chad Bunting, right-hander Joey Donofrio, outfielder Danny Oh, right-hander Steven Pistoresi and outfielder/infielder Paul Toboni.
Senior right fielder Bunting was the top hitter for the Bears, going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI, and senior left fielder Oh was 2-for-3 with two RBI. The winning pitcher for UCLA was Nick Vander Tuig (8-3, 5.1 innings, eight hits, three runs, two walks, two strikeouts). Cal's junior left-hander Justin Jones (4-8) struggled, going 2.1 innings with eight hits, five earned runs and one strikeout).
Bear freshman left-hander Chris Muse-Fisher did a nice job in relief of Jones, throwing 3.2 innings with four hits, one run, no walks and two strikeouts. Keaton Siomkin, Logan Scott and Donofrio each threw an inning of shutout ball for the Bears.
UCLA scored four runs in the top of the first inning off of Jones, who hit two batters and gave up four hits. Cal came back with two runs in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI ground out by Oh and a two-out RBI single through the middle of the infield by junior designated hitter Vince Bruno.
But the Bruins quickly took back control of the game with three runs in the top of the third inning behind Matt Giovinazzo's two-run single and a sacrifice fly by Beau Amaral.
Down 7-2, Cal traded runs with UCLA in the sixth inning when the Bruins' Cody Keefer had an RBI single off of Muse-Fisher, and Oh had a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Bunting who had doubled.
With the score 8-3, the Bears mustered two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Bunting's RBI single to right center field and junior second baseman Tony Renda's bases loaded walk. However, UCLA reliever Scott Griggs (14 saves) was able to strikeout Mitch Delfino with the bases loaded to keep Cal at bay.
KNEW 960 AM, part of the IMG Sports Network, and Cal's student radio, KALX 90.7 FM, will be broadcasting the Sunday's contest . Sunday, May 20 will be Senior Day, honoring the Bears' seven seniors, including Flemer, Krist and Bunting, who were key performers for Cal in last year's College World Series run.