Cal Baseball Loses Game Three at Arizona, 5-3
April 7, 2007
TUCSON, ARIZ. - The California baseball team lost its third tight game to No. 15 Arizona, dropping a 5-3 contest Saturday at Frank Sancet Stadium in Tucson. The Golden Bears had jumped to a 3-0 by scoring two runs in the second inning on an RBI single by sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler and a bases loaded walk by senior third baseman Stephen Carlson; and a run in the fourth on an RBI single up to center field by Carlson. But the Wildcats came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, a run to tie it in the fifth, and the go ahead runs on a two-run double by C.J. Ziegler in the seventh inning.
Cal fell to 17-17 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats, who have now won 14-straight games, improved to 28-6 and 6-0 in league play. Arizona swept the series by winning a 1-0, 11-inning contest on Thursday, a 15-12 slugfest Friday and the final 5-3 contest Saturday.
The winning pitcher for Arizona was reliever David Coulon (3-1), who replaced starter Ryan Perry (5.0 innings, five hits, three runs, four walks, one strikeout), in the sixth inning and threw 3.0 innings with no hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Jason Stoffel pitched the ninth inning (1.0 inning, one hit, one walk, one strikeout) for the Wildcats to earn his second save. The losing pitcher for the Bears was sophomore Matt Gorgen, who dropped to 1-3 (2.0 innings, three hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts) after coming into the game in the fifth inning.
Cutler finished the day 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Bears, and Carlson was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Freshman right fielder Blake Smith hit his third double of the series and finished the week 6-for-11 (.545) with two RBI.
Arizona had scored two runs in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Bill Rhinehart off of Cal junior starter Nick Nunez (3.1 innings, three hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts), and a RBI single by T.J. Steele off of Bear sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson (1.0 inning, two hits, one run, one walk). In the bottom of the fifth, Ziegler tied the contest, 3-3, with an RBI single off of Gorgen. In the seventh, Diallo Fon doubled down the left field line, Colt Sedbrook walked, and both were plated on Ziegler's double to right field.
The Bears will next play a three-game Pac-10 series against defending national champion Oregon State, beginning Friday, Apr. 13 at 5 p.m. at Coleman Field at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
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