Yesterday may have been the best and worst day of the season combined. Early in the day Cal baseball received the news that the program had been reinstated, that the efforts of many close to the team were not for nothing. But despite a brilliant pitching performance from Erik Johnson and a thrilling, top of the 9th inning rally from the bottom of the order, the Bears lost a crushing game to Arizona when the Wildcats came up with a rally of their own and walked off with a 5-4 win.
The Bears have now lost two straight games and missed a golden opportunity for a road win over Arizona's ace pitcher. But the good news is that Cal should have the advantage in the pitching matchups the rest of the way this weekend. Tonight Justin Jones will look to halt the losing streak and build on the momentum from his dominating performance against USC last Saturday. He'll face Kyle Simon, who sports a 2.81 ERA but has not fared well in his last two starts against Pac-10 opponents. The Beavers tagged him for 5 runs in 5 2/3 innings, while Arizona St. managed 4 in 6 1/3. Hopefully Cal's hitters can be at least as successful. Go Bears!