For the second consecutive day, the No. 12 California Golden Bears (1-2) fell in walk-off fashion against the Duke Blue Devils (2-1), this time 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. Duke picked up a 6-5 win in 10 innings on Saturday, and with their two wins, took the season-opening series from the Bears. Duke freshman outfielder Griffin Conine, the son of former Major League Baseball player, Jeff, delivered the game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth for the Blue Devils. Cal was bolstered by senior outfielder Nick Halamandaris, who went 2-for-5 once again, with a pair of doubles, an RBI and also scored twice. Halamandaris is now 6-for-13 on the young season, with five RBI after posting 13 a season ago. Sophomore righty Jeff Bain pitched 4.2 innings of relief, but took the loss, falling to 0-1.
The Bears jumped out in front early, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first. Junior centerfielder Aaron Knapp picked up his third consecutive hit to lead off a game in the series with a single to center. After Knapp swiped his first base of the year, senior outfielder Devin Pearson rapped a single back up the middle to drive in the first run of the ballgame, providing Cal with the 1-0 lead. Pearson finished the day 2-for-4 with the RBI, as one of two Bears alongside Halamandaris with multiple hits.
Time: 8 AM Pacific (Saturday)
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