No. 25 Cal Baseball Loses Heartbreaker at UC Irvine, 7-6

Feb. 5, 2006

IRVINE, CALIF. - Despite out-hitting UC Irvine, 15-8, No. 25 California fell, 7-6, Sunday at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine, Calif. UC Irvine (2-1) claimed the season-opening series 2-1 as the Golden Bears had won the first game of the series, 6-2, Friday, but fell, 10-4, Saturday and, 7-6, Sunday.

UC Irvine got on the board first for the second time in the series, scoring in the bottom of the first off of Cal freshman right-hander Tyson Ross on junior Zach Robinson's RBI single to score outfielder Taylor Holiday, who led off the inning with a walk. The Anteaters took a 2-0 lead in the second on outfielder Bryan Petersen's sacrifice fly to bring in designated hitter Brock Bardeen.

Cal's freshman designated hitter Ryan Hanlon led off the top of the third with a double to left and would score on senior shortstop Allen Craig's run-scoring single, cutting UCI's lead to one. However, the Anteaters answered with a pair of runs in the fourth, highlighted by Bardeen's RBI triple, and a run in the fifth on Robinson's second RBI hit of the game.Cal rallied in the sixth to close within one run, scoring three runs off UCI relievers Chris Lopez and Dylan Axelrod. Cal junior outfielders Chris Errecart and Brennan Boesch led off the inning with back-to-back singles and junior catcher Garrett Bussiere loaded the bases with a walk. The Bears got a run on sophomore outfielder Jason Corder's sacrifice fly and Hanlon recorded his second double of the game to drive in two more runs, bringing Cal to within a run at 5-4.

The Anteaters struck back in their half of the inning. Holiday came up with a bases-loaded single to right that was good for a pair of runs, scoring third baseman Tyler Vaughn and Petersen, who drew one-out walks to start the rally.

Cal threatened again, loading the bases with one out in the seventh but UCI freshman reliever Kyle Necke struck out Bussiere and popped up Corder to end the inning. In the top of the ninth, the Bears opened the inning with single off reliever Blair Erickson and put runners in scoring position with one out. Erickson struck out Bussiere before giving up a two-run single up the middle to pinch hitter Jordan Karnofsky. Mike Van Winden's grounder to short ended the game as Erickson picked up his first save of the season.

UCI southpaw Glenn Swanson earned the win to improve to 1-0, pitching four innings and giving up one run on five hits while striking out five. Ross, throwing his first collegiate game, fell to 0-1, giving up five runs on six hits while striking out four in five innings of work. Boesch hit 3-for-4 on the day with two runs scored, while Hanlon drove in two runs, going 2-for-4 at the plate.

Cal continues action next Tuesday, Feb. 7, hosting San Francisco at 1:30 p.m. in the 2006 home-opener at Evans Diamond.

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Home Runs:Cal: NoneUC Irvine: None

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