"You can't give a good team like [Cal] five outs in an inning," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "They punched in six runs on us and that kind of took us out of the game. They have a good team and a good offense."
The big inning almost didn't happen for the Bears (8-3). With runners on the corners, Cal's Dylan Tonneson faced two strikes with two outs. The catcher got a piece of Forrest's next pitch that barely stayed fair for a double down the left field line that plated both runners and opened the flood gates.
Arkansas starting pitcher T.J. Forrest was responsible for the big inning, but only one of the Bears' runs were earned. In fact, Forrest (0-1) gave up only one earned run in three innings as the Razorbacks committed three errors for the second time in as many nights.
"We were already facing a really good pitcher and struggling a little bit at the plate as it was," Van Horn said. "Those errors were routine plays. You think about that inning we gave up so many runs, we had a chance to have them with two outs and nobody on…It was just really disappointing."
Cal eventually extended its lead to 10-0 on a Tonneson home run in the sixth inning.
But Arkansas (8-2), which didn't record its first hit until the fifth inning, rallied in the bottom half of the sixth to score six runs with one out.
Another mistake dashed the Hogs' comeback effort, though, when reliever Sam Murphy gave up his second home run of the outing to Blake Smith in the top half of the seventh.
"We had a chance to come back, down 10-6, but to give up a two-run home run with a changeup out over the middle of the plate is just a mistake," Van Horn said. "They're too good for us to be making mistakes, or we'll get it handed to us like we did today."
The Bears out-hit Arkansas 17-8 on the afternoon and didn't commit an error. The Razorbacks also fell behind early for the second game in a row.
"We got six runs in an inning just like they did," said Arkansas right fielder Chase Leavitt, who went 3-for-3 on the afternoon. "We had pulled off a lot of crazy games already this year, so we kept fighting. Unfortunately they kept hitting, as well.
"We've got to learn from that and come out with a little more enthusiasm and energy."
The two teams will meet in the rubber match Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Left-hander Drew Smyly will get the starting nod for the Razorbacks.