Bears Drop Series To Pacific
STOCKTON, Calif.– California hit four home runs but came up short in a back-and-forth 7-6 loss to Pacific at Klein Family Field on Monday.
After rallying from an early 5-0 deficit with six consecutive runs of their own, the Golden Bears (1-3) lost their lead by surrendering a pair to Pacific (3-1) in the home half of the seventh inning. With the loss, Cal dropped its four-game series against the Tigers.
With Cal trailing, 5-0, in the top of the third, Hance Smith, Quentin Selma and Dylan Beavers homered to cut the Tigers' lead to one. A solo home run by Steven Zobac in the following frame knotted the game at 5-5. Josh White, who replaced Cal starting pitcher Ian Villers in the bottom of the first, settled into a groove as the Cal offense battled back. The right-hander struck out a career-high seven batters over 5.2 frames, the longest appearance of his career.
The Bears claimed the lead in the top of the seventh when Selma drove home Smith with an RBI single to right-center field.
In the bottom of the seventh, Joe Ammirato relieved White on the mound with one Tiger on base and one out. The next four Pacific batters proceeded to reach base, capped by a game-tying, bases-loaded walk and go-ahead infield single that glanced off of Ammirato's leg. Nick Proctor limited the damage with two strikeouts to leave the bases loaded, but Cal entered the eighth inning with a 7-6 deficit.
Cal put the tying run on third base in the ninth when Darren Baker stole second and advanced on a throwing error before a flyout ended it.
Ammirato (0-1) took the loss on the mound.
Cal turns the page to a new four-game series against San Francisco on Feb. 25-28. The series opens Thursday at 5 p.m. PT in Berkeley.
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