Cal Baseball Loses to UNLV, 11-10
Feb. 18, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. - In a back and forth game with several lead changes, the Cal baseball team fell to UNLV, 11-10, Sunday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears dropped to 5-4 and the Rebels evened their record to 6-6. UNLV ended up winning the series as Cal won Friday's contest, 8-4, but lost, 3-2, Saturday. In Sunday's game, the Bears battled back from a 5-0 deficit, had a 8-6 lead going into the eighth inning, and came back again after the Rebels scored five runs in the top of the eighth by scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth to get with one run before falling, 11-10.
Freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus and freshman right fielder Blake Smith had big games for Cal. Kobernus was a career-high 4-for-6 with a two-run single in the fifth inning. Smith was 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the sixth inning. He also was spectacular in the field. In the top of the sixth, Smith caught a potential sacrifice fly to right field and threw out UNLV's Ryan Kowalski out at the plate for an inning-ending double play.
The winning pitcher for UNLV was reliever Adam Moser (2.3 innings, two hits, one run, one strikeout), who improved to 2-0. Sophomore right-handed reliever Matt Gorgen suffered the loss for the Bears (0-1, 2.0 innings, five hits, five runs, two walks, one strikeout).
The Rebels scored five runs in the first two innings off of Cal starter Alex Rollin and sophomore Dane Ferguson, with the big hit being a three-run homer by Efren Navarro, Jr. Ferguson was able to slow down the UNLV bats, however, and ended up throwing 4.3 innings with four hits, two runs, one walk and one strikeout, as the Bears offense got Cal back into the game.
Sophomore Michael Brady started the scoring with an RBI ground out in the second inning off of UNLV starter Kevin Skogley (3.3 innings, seven hits, five runs, four earned runs, three walks). Sophomore center fielder Michael Capbaret and senior shortstop Brett Munster had RBI singles in the third inning. Junior second baseman Josh Satin had an RBI double and sophomore left fielder Ryan Hanlon scored on a throwing error in the fourth inning to tie the game, 5-5.
UNLV got a 6-5 lead in the top of the fifth on an RBI ground out by Michael Brenly, but Cal rebounded to jump ahead 8-6 on Kobernus' two-run single in the bottom of the fifth, and Smith's RBI double in the sixth.
Unfortunately for the Bears, the Rebels scored five times in the top of the eighth off of Gorgen. Cal did not give up as it got two runs in the eighth on a two-run throwing error by UNLV shortstop Braden Walker. The Bears also had runners on first and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Rebel closer Marc Baca got his first save of the year when he forced Satin to fly out to right field to end the game.
Cal will next travel to San Jose State, Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Municipal Stadium in San Jose.
UNLV: Navarro, Jr., three-run homer in the first inning.