Bears Fall In Rubber Match
BERKELEY – No. 16 Arizona scored nine runs in the first inning and led by as many as 11 on the way to defeating California, 13-5, in a Pac-12 rubber match on Sunday afternoon at Evans Diamond at Stu Gordon Stadium.
Daniel Susac drove in five runs on two home runs in the opening frame as the visiting Wildcats (11-4, 2-1 Pac-12) sent 13 batters to the plate and tallied seven hits. A two-run home run by Noah Turley in the second made it an 11-0 contest. Henrik Reinertsen (2-2) took the loss after allowing three runs in just 0.2 innings as Cal's opener.
Cal fell to 7-8 (1-2) after its first weekend of conference play.
Ian May was effective in relief, quieting Arizona's bats over four innings pitched. The freshman left-hander struck out eight Wildcats and allowed one run on four hits and a walk. Fellow freshman Tucker Bougie made his second career appearance on the mound before Mitchell Scott and Vaughn Mauterer worked a hitless inning apiece in the final stages of the contest.
Three Golden Bears – Carson Crawford, Caleb Lomavita and Dylan Beavers – hit solo home runs in the loss. Lomavita went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in, adding an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Beavers' long ball was his team-leading fifth of the season.
The loss spoiled the exciting pregame celebration and unveiling of Cal baseball's new stadium name, Evans Diamond at Stu Gordon Stadium. Longtime philanthropic supporter Stu Gordon was honored and recognized ahead of the game with a season-best 1,143 fans in attendance.
Cal will play four consecutive games on the road next week, starting with a short trip south to face San Jose State. First pitch at Municipal Field in San Jose will be at 6 p.m. PDT on Tuesday.
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