Golden Bears Top Wildcats, 7-2
April 1, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif.. – The No. 20 Arizona baseball team dropped its first road game of the season in the series opener at California as the Golden Bears prevailed, 7-2, on Thursday afternoon at Evans Diamond.
Arizona claimed an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, but the game’s momentum quickly changed in favor of the Golden Bears in the fourth inning on a scary play.
California first baseman Mark Canha drilled a line drive back up the middle to lead off the home half of the fourth inning. The liner hit Arizona starting pitcher Kurt Heyer in the side of the head, ricocheted towards the right field line and Canha scooted into second with a double.
Heyer, who was knocked down on the play, was quickly tended to by UA head coach Andy Lopez and the team’s athletic trainer, Leanna Oliver.. After a few moments on the ground, Heyer got to his feet and actually attempted a warm up pitch. The UA staff, however, did not allow Heyer to continue and he was taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures. Heyer was set to rejoin his teammates at the hotel later in the evening.
With Heyer out of the game, the Golden Bears turned the fourth inning into a five-run frame to take a 5-1 lead. Stephen Manthei replaced Heyer and allowed four more hits and four runs, as he suffered his first loss of the season.
The Wildcats settled down after the fourth, but were unable to mount a serious comeback effort and only posted a single run in the seventh inning, which cut the deficit to 6-2. Cal added another run in eighth to set the score at its final, 7-2.
Steve Selsky put the Wildcats on the board with a 1-0 lead in the second as he blasted a lead-off home run to right centerfield off Cal starter Erik Johnson.
That was all the damage the Wildcats did against Johnson, who pitched 6.0 strong innings as he scattered six hits and tallied six strikeouts. Johnson improved to 4-1 on the season.
Arizona will look to snap a two-game skid as it takes on California on Friday. The second game of the three-game series is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.