Cal Baseball Loses to UNLV, 5-2
March 12, 2005
BERKELEY, CA - California gave up two runs in the top of the first inning and was never able to catch up, falling to UNLV, 5-2, Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears go to 12-7 on the year, and the Rebels improve to 4-14. Cal had won the first game of the series, 13-2, Friday.
The Bears were plagued by three errors and left 10 runners on base. UNLV scored two runs in the first inning off of Cal starter Eric Dworkis (1-3, 6.0 innings, five runs, three earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts) on a sacrifice fly by Matt Fry and an RBI single by Chris Bonnell. The Bears got within one on a RBI single by Chris Errecart in the bottom of the third inning off of UNLV starter Kuji Pupo (4.7 innings, eight hits, two runs, three walks). The Rebels tacked on a run in the fifth inning on another sacrifice fly by Fry, and Cal again got within one on a RBI double by Allen Craig in the fifth inning to make the score 3-2.
That was as close as the Bears would get as the Rebels sealed the game with two runs in the seventh inning on a fielder's choice RBI by Ryan Kowalski and a bad hop RBI single by Fry. Fry would finish the day 1-for-2 with three RBI, while C.J. Lang was 3-for-5 with a double, and Braden Walker was 2-for-4 with a double for UNLV.
The Rebels' winning pitcher was reliever Efren Navarro (3.3 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts), and Kyle Tabeek earned his first save of the season (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs, one strikeout). The Bears, who outhit UNLV, 10-9, were led by Brennan Boesch, Craig and Garrett Bussiere with two hits apiece.
Cal will next host UNLV in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Mar. 13 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.