Cats Come Up Empty in Trip to Bay Area

April 3, 2010

Doubleheader Game 1 Box Score (Cal 8, UA 0)
Doubleheader Game 2 Box Score (Cal 4, UA 3)

BERKELEY, Calif. – The No. 20 Arizona baseball team was swept in its first road series of the year by California, which defeated the Wildcats by scores of 8-0 and 4-3 in a doubleheader at Evans Diamond on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Bears, who handed Arizona (20-8, 2-4 Pac-10) a 7-2 loss on Thursday night in the series opener, jumped on the Wildcats early in the first game on Sunday.

Cal struck for two runs in the first inning and then cruised behind starter Justin Jones’ eight-inning performance as Arizona was shut out for the first time in two seasons, 8-0, on Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Bryce Bandilla allowed six runs – four earned – in 4.2 innings pitched as he suffered his second loss of the season and fell to 3-2.

The Golden Bears plated two runs in the first inning and three more in the third. They added a single run in the fifth and scored two in the seventh, to win 8-0.

Of the eight runs scored by Cal, just four were earned runs in the game as the Wildcats committed three errors.

Arizona tallied its fewest hits – five – since a March 6 game against Cal State Fullerton. The Golden Bears scattered nine hits to score their eight runs and were aided by five walks, three hit batters and three errors by the Wildcats.

The Wildcats showed some fight in the second game of the double header, taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Robert Refsnyder singled with one out and came in to score on a two-out RBI double by Bobby Rinard. Rinard came home on a wild pitch by California starter Dixon Anderson.

California took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jimmy Bosco hit a leadoff solo home run to cut UA’s lead to 2-1. A pair of unearned runs came later in the inning off UA starter Kyle Simon, giving the Golden Bears a 3-2 lead.

Simon allowed just the one earned run despite giving up three total runs in 5.0 innings of work. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

The Wildcats answered back in the top of the sixth as a leadoff double by Selsky was followed by a flyout to right field by Refsnyder, which moved Selsky to third. Bobby Brown delivered a sacrifice fly to left to score Selsky and tie the game at 3-3.

But California scored another unearned run in the seventh. With two outs, Danny Oh chopped a ball to the right side that was fielded nicely by first baseman Rafael Valenzuela. However, Valenzuela’s toss to the pitcher was late and over thrown, which allowed for an infield hit and for Oh to move to second base. Mark Canha then drove Oh home on a two-out single to set the score at 4-3.

Matt Flemer relieved Anderson in the seventh inning and pitched three scoreless innings in which he allowed just two hits, including an infield hit by Rinard in the ninth. Rinard was stranded and Flemer earned his first victory of the season.

Joe Allison was charged with the loss in relief as he allowed the unearned run in the seventh. Allison fell to 2-1 on the season.

Arizona will continue its seven-game road trip with a three-game series at Washington April 9-11. The Wildcats will play Gonzaga in a single game on April 12 before returning to Tucson.


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