Cal Baseball Falls to Arizona, 8-3, in Final 2004 Home Game

May 2, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - The California baseball team gave up four runs in the last two innings, falling to Arizona, 8-3, Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears had gotten within 4-3 of the Wildcats, but freshman Chris Errecart lined out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and Cal was unable to recover. The Bears went to 24-27 overall and 8-13 in the Pac-10, while Arizona improved to 23-19-1 and 7-8 in conference play. The Wildcats ended up capturing the series after winning 5-3 Friday, and losing 10-8 Saturday.

It was the final home game for seven Cal seniors - right-hander Matt Brown, shortstop Jeff Dragicevich, catcher Chris Grossman, right fielder Brian Horwitz, right-hander Blake Read, right-hander Jesse Ingram and center fielder David Weiner. Because of injuries, Dragicevich (left shoulder), Grossman (right shoulder) and Horwitz (ribs) did not play.

Both teams scored runs in the second inning with Nick Hundley hitting a sacrifice fly for Arizona and sophomore designated hitter Allen Craig knocking in a RBI single for the Bears. The Wildcats took the advantage by scoring two runs in fourth on a two-run homer by Bill Rhinehart, and a run in the fifth on a solo home run by Jeff Van Houton off of Bear starter Kyle Crist (3-7, 4.3 innings, four hits, four runs, three walks, three strikeouts).

Cal made its comeback by scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth on a solo home run by Craig, and a run in the seventh inning on a throwing error by Arizona third baseman Moises Duran to get within 4-3. Unfortunately for the Bears, Wildcat reliever Scott Burns was able to get Errecart to line out to shortstop Jason Donald with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Arizona would go on to score two runs in the eighth on a RBI double by Hundley and a sacrifice fly by Derek Decater, and two runs in the ninth on a two-run homer by Jordan Brown for the final 8-3 margin.

The winning pitcher for the Wildcats was starter John Meloan, who threw 6.3 innings with five hits, two earned runs, four walks and a strikeout. Burns earned his second save of the season, pitch the final 2.3 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts.

The Bears have a week off before they travel to San Diego State, Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Park, and Wednesday, May 12 at 3 p.m. at University of San Diego.

Home Runs:

Arizona: Rhinehart, two-run homer in the fourth. Van Houton, solo home run in the fifth. Brown, two-run homer in the ninth.

Cal: Craig, solo home run in the fifth.

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