Wildcats Slug Past Cal In Game Two
BERKELEY – California surrendered eight runs over the final three innings and came up short in a 10-4 loss to No. 16 Arizona on Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Pac-12-opening series will culminate in a rubber match Sunday afternoon.
Tied 2-2 after six innings played, the Wildcats (11-4, 1-1 Pac-12) cranked out three runs in both the seventh and eighth frames before adding two more in the ninth. Arizona's Chase Davis hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the seventh to break the 2-2 tie and put the Wildcats ahead for good.
Cal (7-7, 1-1) cut its deficit to 5-4 in the home half of the seventh with a pair of runs on Carson Crawford's sacrifice fly and Keshawn Ogans scoring on a fielder's choice play. The Golden Bears had the bases loaded with two outs in the inning, but Cole Elvis went down swinging to halt the threat.
Five Cal pitchers allowed 17 hits in the loss. Nick Proctor (1-1) took the loss after allowing the three-run home run to Davis in the seventh. Starting pitcher Joseph King allowed eight of Arizona's 17 hits but suppressed the damage with two double plays and allowed just two runs over five innings of work.
The Bears struck first in the opening frame when Nathan Martorella doubled into the left-center gap and later scored on a groundout to first base by Dylan Beavers. Arizona knotted it up with a solo home run in the top of the second and took a 2-1 advantage three innings later when Daniel Susac doubled home Jack Grant from first base.
Trevor Tishenkel's first career home run – a solo shot to right field – brought the game back even in the home half of the fifth.
Garrett Irvin (2-1) earned the win for Arizona, working around four Cal runs – three earned – on five hits and two walks while striking out six Bears over six innings. Cal went hitless against the Wildcats' three relievers and went just 5-for-32 overall at the plate.
Cal and Arizona go head-to-head once more in the series rubber match at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday. Prior to first pitch, Cal will unveil its new ballpark namesake, Evans Diamond at Stu Gordon Stadium, at 12:15 p.m. The game will be live streamed via Pac-12 Plus.
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