Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead but had to hold on for the win. Daulton Jefferies went 7 strong, allowing just 2 runs, but it took closer Erik Martinez inducing a huge lineout double play in the 8th, with the tying run in scoring position, for the Bears to hold on to this one.
Offensively, the Bears scored their 4 runs with 9 singles before hitting a double in the 9th (Aaron Knapp was then stranded on 2nd). Bears did take advantage of a Longhorn throwing error to score a run.
Senior Ryan Mason will take the hill for the Bears in game 3 of 4 on Saturday.
The Golden Bears are now 7-3 on the season. The Texas Longhorns fall to 5-5.
ROLL ON YOU BEARS!
Time: 4 PM Pacific
TV: Longhorn Network
Online: If you have Longhorn Network, watchESPN.
Stats: Live stats
Recap of Thursday's game.
No. 13 California (6-3) took the series-opener in Austin at Disch-Falk Field on Thursday night over the Texas Longhorns (5-4), 4-1. Sophomore starter Jeff Bain (1-1) went 6.1 shutout innings for the Bears, allowing just three hits and striking out five with a pair of walks. Fellow sophomore, catcher Brett Cumberland, was 2-for-4 with a big two-run single in the top of the fifth to help pace the California offense, which had 11 hits, all singles on the night.
"Jeff [Bain] was outstanding tonight," head coach David Esquer said on Thursday night. "It's not surprising though, even going back to last year's starts when he pitched on Friday for us a number of times. Tonight was very similar to that, even a tick better. We had all the confidence in the world sending him out there on an opening night on the road and he just pitched great. We played good defense behind him, which was big and he pitched to our defense quite a bit and he made some real quality pitches in big spots."