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Cal Baseball suffers a playoff-esque 6-5 loss to Utah

Exciting game ends with more Cal Baseball heartbreak.

I don't know if Daulton Jefferies (pictured) will pitch tonight, but one can dream that he's got to make one more appearance at Evans.
I don't know if Daulton Jefferies (pictured) will pitch tonight, but one can dream that he's got to make one more appearance at Evans.
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Baseball is cruel sometimes. Even with head coach David Esquer pulling all the stops to win this game, the Golden Bears finish their home schedule with a disappointing 6-5 loss. For RPI purposes, beating the Utes would have hurt the Bears. Losing is going to make things even worse.

The game started very promisingly as the Bears got a huge lift from Daulton Jefferies being back on the mound. Bears had an early 2-0 lead which grew to 3-0 with a combined no-no going until the 6th inning.

Young hit a homer and the Utes, with a bunch of moves that all magically worked in their favor, tied the game at 3-3. The Utes eventually moved ahead but the Bears fought back.

Denis Karas hit a double down the 1st base line to score two and gives the Bears a 5-4 lead.

When Alex Schick walked the first batter in B9, Esquer puts his second ace, senior Ryan Mason in. Mason promptly struck out two guys before walking the next. Utes 2nd baseman Cody Davis then broke the hearts of the Cal faithful by hitting a double to the right center gap. Even with a perfect relay, the pinch runner scored just ahead of the tag.

Despite his great year and great 4 year career as a Golden Bears, Ryan Mason ends up losing both games of his final home series. He deserved better than that.

Bears will end the regular season at Washington State for the last three games. Even with a sweep there, expect the Cal RPI to drop even more. It is starting to look that this team with enough talent to make a run to the College World Series, might not get that opportunity.

GO BEARS!

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UPDATE: GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY, DAULTON JEFFERIES IS BACK!

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This is an important series for the talented but currently on the NCAA bubble, Cal Baseball, to win. It all comes down to the rubber game tonight.

Bears lost the opener 8-3. But tTHE BEAR WILL NOT QUIT! THE BEAR WILL NOT DIE!

A much needed bounce back 9-2 win allowed the Bears to even the series.

BERKELEY - Senior Nick Halamandaris belted his fifth home run of the season, and California beat Utah, 9-2, Sunday night at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears (30-19, 12-14) evened the series after collecting three runs in the second inning.

Five Bears garnered multi-hit games including sophomore Brett Cumberland who collected two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. The four other Bears to collect multiple hits were senior Devin Pearson, senior Mitchell Kranson, sophomorePreston Grand Pre and Halamandaris. Pearson also scored twice.

Starting pitcher Tanner Dodson went six and a third innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and he struck out two Utes. Senior Keaton Siomkin pitched the rest of the way, allowing no hits and he struck out two.

Since there were rumors that Daulton Jefferies may be available in relief this weekend and he hasn't thrown a pitch yet, maybe...just maybe he might make a surprising appearance for the Bears tonight. The listed pitching matchup from before the series listed this:

Cal - TBA vs. Utah - LHP Josh Lapiana (3-5, 4.08 ERA)

The Utes are still ahead of Washington by half a game (one less loss). The Bears are in prime position to knock the Utes down to a first place tie, increasing the chance of them possibly not winning the conference to create an extra at large bid. That is a lot more important than any minimal potential RPI boost that the Bears may get because the Utes are ranked quite low in RPI.

Since Utah and Colorado joined the Pac, the Utes have been terrible until this year (and Colorado doesn't have a baseball team). While it might be a cool story for them to surprise and win the Pac with a losing record, Bears themselves really need this series win.

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California Golden Bears (30-19, 12-14 in Pac-12) vs. Utah Utes (22-26, 16-10 in Pac-12)

Where: Evans Diamond (Berkeley, CA)

When: 7 pm PT

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: KALX

GO BEARS!