Max Schuman's two-RBI single in the eighth inning tied the game for the Utes.
March 28, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. - Despite rallying to tie the game in the eighth inning, the Utah baseball team fell to California, 4-2, on Friday evening.
Cal led 2-0 after solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings before Utah tied the game in the top of the eighth inning. Cody Scaggari was hit by a pitch with one out, and Braden Anderson singled through the left side past the diving shortstop. Both runners moved over when Kody Davis nearly beat out an infield bouncing ground ball. Max Schuman came through with the two-out RBI single. Scaggari came home and the throw from left field was in time to tag Anderson, but the catcher couldn't hold onto the ball and Anderson slid in safely to tie the game at 2-2.
Cal rallied with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to retake the lead. An infield single saw the runner reach second after an attempt to throw him out at first went wide. The next batter was intentionally walked in an attempt to set up a double play, but a two-RBI double over the head of Anderson in center field put the Bears back on top, 4-2.
Mitch Watrous earned the start on the mound, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits. He struck out five. Dylan Drachler pitched one inning, allowing two runs on two hits, earning the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. Nick Green pitched 1/3 of an inning, allowing one hit.
Utah would leave two runners on in the top of the third inning. A double from Konnor Armijo and a bunt single from Scaggari put runners on the corners, and Armijo was thrown out at home on an attempted squeeze play from Anderson. Cal also left two runners on in the third inning after a hit and a HBP. Utah put runners on in the fourth and fifth innings before Cal made double plays to get out of the inning.
TJ Bennett reached base in the seventh after a ball hit to the shortstop took a wicked hop, and Cal got a pair of strikeouts to end the Utes threat.
Cal took a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning. A runner reached on an error and scored an unearned run after a two-out RBI single up the middle before the Utes rallied to tie the game in the eighth.
The three-game series continues on Saturday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. PT. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.