White Deals In Cal’s 4-2 Loss
BERKELEY – California starting pitcher Josh White's 10-strikeout effort was not enough as the Golden Bears surrendered three late runs in a 4-2 series-opening loss to UIC on Friday night at Evans Diamond.
One week removed from an impressive 10-strikeout performance the season opener vs. Houston at the MLB4 Tournament, White maintained form Friday night in Berkeley, keeping UIC's bats quiet throughout six innings of work. Cal's (3-2) bullpen could not finish the job though as UIC (2-2) broke a 1-1 tie on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. The Flames tallied just one hit in the critical inning, capitalizing on a leadoff double as well as a passed ball and stolen base.
The Bears got one run back in the home half of the seventh when a throwing error allowed Hance Smith score, but the Flames quickly extended their lead back to two in the eighth with a solo home run by Bryan Rosario.
Both teams went scoreless through the first four frames as White and UIC starter Nate Peterson dueled it out. A solo home run by Cole Conn broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth before Smith matched it with a solo shot of his own in the bottom half of the inning.
Cal – which plated 15 runs in innings 7-10 during its first four games of the season in Arizona – could not find an answer against UIC reliever Cristian Lopez, who struck out six batters and allowed just two hits over the final 2.1 innings pitched en route to the save.
White finished his evening with one run allowed on three hits and one walk while posting a career-high 10 strikeouts for the second consecutive start this season and third time overall in his career. Peterson ended his night with eight strikeouts, five hits allowed and two runs (one earned) in 6.2 innings against the Bears.
Vaughn Mauterer (0-1) took the loss for the Bears, allowing two earned runs in an inning of work. Smith tallied three of the Bears' seven hits while Keshawn Ogans added a two-hit effort. Cal's No. 1-5 hitters were a combined 1-for-20 with 10 strikeouts in the defeat.
Cal and UIC wrap up their weekend series with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. PT Saturday. Both games will be lived streamed.
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