BERKELEY, Calif. – The No. 18 Golden Bears (22-14, 9-9 Pac-12) fell in the final game of the series with the Arizona Wildcats (26-14, 10-8 Pac-12) 7-6 on Sunday afternoon at Evans Diamond, as the Wildcats completed the sweep. Cal battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh, with a five-run inning, taking a 6-2 lead at the time. The Wildcats, however, immediately responded with a five-run inning of its own after a seven-hit barrage to take a 7-6 lead, which stood up in the end.
Despite the weekend sweep, the Bears are still in the hunt for the Pac-12 title. Here is the standings. Bears should be getting senior Ryan Mason back next weekend against Utah and junior ace Daulton Jefferies the weekend after that at Stanford.
California Golden Bears (22-13, 9-8 in Pac-12) vs. Arizona Wildcats (25-14, 9-8 in Pac-12)
Where: Evans Diamond (Berkeley, CA)
When: 1 pm PT
Probably starting pitchers: LHP Matt Ladrech (3-3, 3.76 ERA) vs. RHP Bobby Dalbec (7-3, 2.96 ERA)
Friday's game - Arizona 3, Cal 0
Saturday's game - Arizona 8, Cal 5 in 13 innings
Bears went all out to try to win on Saturday, but forces beyond their control (the questionable judgements of the umpires) prevented the Bears from winning last night in a memorable (in a bad way) game. Given how depleted the Cal bullpen is this weekend (Daulton Jefferies still out, Ryan Mason skipped), sophomore Matt Ladrech really need to have a good outing today to save the pen. Closer Erik Martinez threw 80+ pitches over 5+ innings (I'm writing off memory, too lazy to fact check this, sorry) on Saturday so that he's not going to be available.
Ladrech had a decent outing last Sunday, throwing a complete game and allowing 3 earned runs (4 total), but he was out-dueled by Arizona State's Zach Dyson, who tossed a shutout, in a 4-0 Cal loss.
Other than Robbie Tenerowicz and Preston Grand Pre (and IBB to Brett Cumberland), the Cal offense is still kept in check. Time to change that.