Cal Baseball Loses at UCLA, 4-2
May. 1, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CA - California could only muster two hits and gave up three runs in the eighth, falling to UCLA, 4-2, Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Golden Bears fell to 29-19 overall and 9-9 in the Pac-10. UCLA improved to 10-30 and 1-11 in conference play. Junior left fielder Allen Craig had Cal's only two hits, including a lead-off home run in the first inning to start the game. The Bears still won the series, capturing Friday night's game, 7-1, and Saturday's night game, 6-4.
The winning pitcher for UCLA was reliever Brian Schroeder (2-5), who pitched the final 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Cal was senior reliever Matt Swanson (5-2, 1.0 inning, three hits, two runs, no walks, two strikeouts).
After the Bears had the 1-0 lead off of Craig's home run, the Bruins tied the score on Josh Roenicke's RBI single up the middle in the fourth inning off of Cal starter Michael Cooper (6.0 innings, four hits, one unearned run, no walks, six strikeouts). The Bears regained the lead, 2-1, when senior James Holder scored on a wild pitch from UCLA starter Brant Rustich in the seventh inning.
The Bruins won the game in the bottom of the eighth when Will Penniall led off the inning with a home run off of Swanson to tie the game, and later Mike Metzger had a two-run pinch-hit single off of Cal's Travis Talbott for the final 4-2 margin.
Craig finished 2-for-4 with his first inning homer and a single up the middle in the sixth inning.
Cal will next travel to San Francisco, Tuesday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Benedetti Diamond. The Bears then host Bay Area rival Stanford in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Craig, solo home run in the first inning.
UCLA: Penniall, solo home run in the eighth inning.