BERKELEY, Calif. -- Arkansas lost a pair of one-run games in a doubleheader sweep to Cal to close out the Cal Classic on Sunday. The Bears won the opener, 4-3, then scored an unearned run in the eighth in a botched rundown to win the nightcap, 2-1.
The Razorbacks have a break until Friday when they open SEC play at Florida.
Arkansas (8-5) opened the season with seven straight victories, but has slumped at the plate in losing five of six, including three of four at Cal. The five losses have been by a combined six runs. They outhit the Bears, 9-5, in the nightcap, but could not produce the timely hit. Arkansas left nine runners on base, Cal just three.
Trey Killian was the tough-luck loser in the nightcap. He gave up a lead-off single in the bottom of the eighth, then gave way to reliever Jacob Stone. Stone hit a batter, then threw a wild pitch to allow both runners to advance.
Reliever Dominic Taccolini and catcher Jake Wise read the suicide squeeze attempt on a 1-0 count, and the pitch out produced a rundown. But the third baseman Clark Eagan's return throw hit the runner for an error, producing the winning run.
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn liked the way Killian competed on the mound.
"He battled," Van Horn said. "He was a warrior out there. He'll tell you his breaking ball was not there the first three or four innings, and then he found the breaking ball. He battled his butt off. I was really proud of him. He hung in there, got a lot of fly balls and spotted a lot of pitches."
Arkansas had tied the game in the top of the eighth on Bret McAfee's sacrifice fly, the same way Cal scored early in the game for their first run.
In the opener, the Razorbacks (8-4) made the game close with a two-run home run by Eric Fisher in the eighth inning, but they never took the lead.
The host school got on the board in the first inning on an RBI-single by Derek Campbell.
Devon Rodriguez knocked the other three runs in for the Golden Bears. He hit a two-run double in the third inning and walked with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.
All four runs were allowed by Chris Oliver, who picked up his first loss of the season while giving up six hits. He struck out four batters, but walked two and hit another.
Landon Simpson and Michael Gunn faced a total of three batters out of the bullpen. Simpson allowed a hit to the only batter he faced and Gunn walked the other two.
Arkansas' first run came on a bases loaded error on a smash to first base by Tyler Spoon in the third inning, but that was all the Razorbacks could manage, as Brian Anderson flew out to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
Now, it's on to conference play.
"Florida's going to be tough. I hope the experience we gained this weekend helps us at Florida. When you get into the SEC, everybody wants to beat you as bad as they can and it's all about staying at the top of the league standings. We have our hands full every time we go out in this league."
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