Cal Baseball Loses 15-12 at Arizona
April 6, 2007
TUCSON, ARIZ. - After falling in an 11-inning 1-0 contest on Thursday, the California baseball team lost a 15-12 slugfest to No. 15 Arizona Friday night at Frank Sancet Stadium in Tucson. The Golden Bears were down 7-0 before scoring 12 runs in the last four innings, but fell to 17-16 and 2-3 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats improved to 27-6 overall and 5-0 in league play. Arizona was bolstered by a six-run first inning and seven runs in the fifth inning. Cal received big nights at the plate from senior third baseman Brett Munster, who was 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI; and sophomore first baseman David Cooper, who was 4-for-6 with two doubles.
The winning pitcher for Arizona was starter Brad Mills, who improved his record to 7-2 by throwing 5.1 innings with five hits, five runs, four walks and two strikeouts. The losing pitcher for the Bears was junior right-hander Alex Rollin, who dropped to 6-2 (4.2 innings, 11 hits, 10 runs, two walks, four strikeouts).
Cal was down 7-0 when it scored two runs in the fifth on an RBI groundout by sophomore shortstop Michael Brady and an RBI single to shortstop by freshman outfielder Jeff Kobernus. The Wildcats tacked on seven more runs in the bottom of the fifth, before the Bears responded with three more runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by freshman outfielder Blake Smith, an RBI single by Munster and an RBI groundout by freshman catcher Dylan Tonneson.
Cal added five runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run single by sophomore outfielder Michael Capbarat, and RBI singles by junior left fielder Mike Van Winden, Smith and Munster. Finally, the Bears got within 15-12 in the eighth on a two-run double by Munster.
Besides Munster and Cooper's exploits, Smith was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and Kobernus was 2-for-6..
The Bears will next play the Wildcats in the third game of the three-game series at 12 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 7 at Frank Sancet Stadium.