Cal Baseball Falls to No. 20 Arizona, 10-4
May 3, 2003
TUCSON, AZ - The California baseball team dropped its second game of the three-game series to No. 20 ranked Arizona, 10-4, Saturday night at Sancet Field in Tucson. Cal fell to 25-24 overall and 9-11 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats improved to 33-16 and 11-6 in league play. The Bears had lost to Arizona, 9-5, Friday night.
In a game that had a similar pattern as Friday's contest, Cal fell behind early, and then made a run that fell short.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by junior first baseman Conor Jackson. But, the Wildcats responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of a Cal error and a two-run single by Jeff Van Houten. Arizona tacked on two more runs in the third inning on a two-run homer by Richard Mercado, and two runs in the fourth on a RBI double by Brad Boyer and a sacrifice fly by Brian Anderson.
Down 7-1, the Bears battled back by scoring a run in the fifth on a RBI single by sophomore third baseman Matt Einspahr, and two runs in the sixth on RBI ground outs by sophomore designated hitter James Holder and junior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich, to get within 7-4.
The Wildcats put the game away by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth on three consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly by Van Houten off of Cal's starting pitcher Mike Padgett (5-3, 5.3 innings, 10 hits, eight earned runs, four walks, four strikeouts).
The winning pitcher for Arizona was starter Sean Rierson, who improved his season record to 8-1, pitching a complete game with six hits, three earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts. Brad Boyer went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a RBI for the Wildcats.
Six different players - Ben Conley, David Nicholson, Jackson, Brian Horwitz, Justin Nelson and Einspahr - had single hits for the Bears, with Nelson recording a double in the fifth. Jackson extended his hitting streak to nine games and currently leads Cal with a .388 average.
Cal will next face Arizona in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, May 4 at 12 p.m. at Sancet Field.
Arizona: Mercado, two-run homer in the third.