Cal Baseball Loses 8-4 at Arizona
May 2, 2009
TUCSON, ARIZ. - The California baseball team jumped out to a 4-0 advantage, but couldn't hold its lead, losing 8-4 to Arizona Saturday night in Tucson. The Golden Bears, who got two hits apiece from junior designated hitter Blake Smith and freshman right fielder Danny Oh, dropped to 19-25 overall and 6-14 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats evened their record to 21-21 and improved to 7-13 in league play.
The losing pitcher for Cal was freshman right-hander Erik Johnson (3-5, 4.1 innings, eight hits, seven runs, four walks, three strikeouts), who held the Pac-10's top hitting team scoreless through the first three innings before giving up six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore right-hander Brian Diemer finished the game for the Bears (3.2 innings) with three hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts. The winning pitcher for the Wildcats was reliever Cory Burns, who threw 2.1 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and two strikeouts.
Cal scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by sophomore first baseman Mark Canha off of Arizona starter Kyle Simon (4.1 innings, seven hits, three earned runs, four walks). The Bears added three more runs in the fourth inning on sophomore left fielder Dwight Tanaka's two-run single to left field and sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn's RBI ground out.
The Wildcats came back with six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off of Johnson on an RBI single by Kyle Stiner, a two-run double by Dillon Baird and a three-run triple by Bobby Coyle. Arizona added insurance runs in the fifth inning on Bryce Ortega's fielder's choice RBI, and in the eighth inning when Brad Glenn tripled and scored on Coyle's sacrifice fly to left field.
Cal will next play Arizona in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, May 3 at 12 p.m. at Frank Sancet Stadium.