Cal Baseball Falls to Arizona, 12-11 in 10 Innings
April 22, 2001
TUCSON, AZ - Arizona's Brian Anderson hit a single through the middle off of Cal reliever Andrew Sproul in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Wildcats to a 12-11 victory Sunday at Sancet Field in Tucson, AZ. The Bears fall to 24-20 overall and 9-9 in the Pac-10, while the Wildcats improve to 28-19 overall and 7-8 in conference play. Cal won the first two games of the series, 11-9 and 19-13, and scored 41 runs on 53 hits over the weekend.
It was the Bears 17th one-run game of the season and sixth extra-inning affair, with Cal going 6-11 in those one-run games.
The Bears let the game slip away as they held a 11-6 lead but gave up six runs in the last four innings to Arizona. A misplayed fly ball hit by Matt Abram to left field in the bottom of the ninth opened the door for the Wildcats as Abram ended up tying the game on an RBI single by Ken Riley. Sproul replaced Matt Brown in the ninth and was able to get the final out of the inning. In the 10th, Sproul got the first two batters out before walking Shelley Duncan and Abram. He then advanced the two baserunners on a balk, before yielding the game-winning RBI to Anderson.
Anderson (1-0) ended up earning the win on the mound as well, coming in in the ninth and pitching 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and one strikeout.
Top hitters for Cal included senior right fielder Rob Meyer, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and had a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Sophomore center fielder Ben Conley was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Conor Jackson, Clint Hoover, Brad Smith and Jeff Dragicevich added two hits apiece for the Bears.
The Bears will next travel to Nevada, Tuesday, Apr. 24, before hosting Stanford in a three-game Pac-10 series beginning Friday, Apr. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Meyer, two-run homer in the fifth inning.
Arizona: Torres, two-run homer in the fifth inning.