Bears Unable To Rally Past Tigers
BERKELEY – A pair of eighth-inning runs were not enough as California fell to Pacific, 6-3, in game two of their four-game series on Saturday evening at Evans Diamond.
Trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Cal (1-1) made it interesting with an RBI single by Quentin Selma and a run scored by Darren Baker on a fielder's choice play. The frame was sparked by a leadoff single from Keshawn Ogans, who scored on Selma's single, and a double in the left-center gap by Baker in the following at-bat. An inning-ending groundout by Steven Zobac with two Bears on base quelled the rally, however.
Pacific (1-1) struck first in the opening inning when Ben Nemivant scored from second base on an infield single to the right side. The Bears swiftly responded in the home half of the first as Baker scored on a single in the gap by Nathan Martorella after drawing a leadoff walk and stealing second base.
The Tigers regained their lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the second, making it a 2-1 contest. Cal mustered just two hits between the second and seventh innings, allowing Pacific to maintain momentum. Jeremy Lea doubled home a run in the fifth and later scored on a wild pitch to make it a 4-1 Pacific lead. A two-run single by Wyatt Hoffman in the top of the eighth extended Pacific's lead to 6-1.
Sean Sullivan took the loss for Cal, allowing four runs on six hits across 5.0 innings pitched. Four Bears came on in relief, including Jack Wolger, who tossed 1.2 frames of scoreless work.
Cal's four-game series against Pacific shifts to Stockton, starting with game three at 2 p.m. PT on Sunday.
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