No. 12 Cal Baseball Loses to Sacramento State, 12-6

March 18, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 12-ranked California baseball team struggled Tuesday at Evans Diamond, committing five errors and giving up 11 unearned runs in a 12-6 loss to Sacramento State. The Golden Bears dropped to 13-3-1 on the year and the Hornets improve to 5-11. Cal yielded eight runs to Sacramento State in the first two innings and could not overcome the deficit, despite getting within 9-6 in the bottom of the eighth after a three-run homer by David Cooper in the seventh and back-to-back home runs by Michael Capbarat and Dylan Tonneson in the eighth inning.

The losing pitcher for the Bears was sophomore left-hander Michael Bugary (0-1, 1.2 innings, two hits, five runs, no earned runs, two walks), who gave up five unearned runs in the first two innings. The winning pitcher for the Hornets was reliever Alvaro Arozoco (2-0, 3.1 innings, seven hits, four runs, no walks, two strikeouts). Sacramento State's big hits in its six-run second inning were a two-run double by David Flores and a three-run double by Tim Wheeler. Flores finished the day 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Wes Oberlin added a solo home run in the seventh inning.

For Cal's offense, the Bears made it interesting when they had four straight hits in the seventh inning, highlighted by junior designated hitter Charlie Cutler's RBI single and Cooper's three-run homer to left field, his team-leading eighth roundtripper of the season. Cal added its final two runs on back-to-back HRs by Capbarat and Tonneson to lead-off the eighth inning. It was Capbarat and Tonneson's first home runs of the season.

Cooper ended the game 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Tonneson was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Bears will next begin Pac-10 play Mar. 20-22 when it travels to Washington State for a three-game series. Cal plays at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 20 and Friday, Mar. 21, before the series final at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 22 at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash.

Home Runs:

Sacramento State: Oberlin, solo home run in the seventh inning.

Cal: Cooper, three-run homer in the seventh inning. Capbarat, solo home run in the eighth inning. Tonneson, solo home run in the eighth inning.

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