Junior right-hander Kevin Miller pitched a six-inning gem for California as the Bears downed Arkansas 6-0 Sunday.
Miller, who wasn't scheduled to get a start this weekend, earned his first win of the season by tossing six scoreless innings for the Bears (7-3) and snapped a seven-game Razorback winning streak. Miller (1-1) gave up just four hits and two walks, and struck out three batters.
Cal reliever Brian Diemer was equally as impressive, not allowing a score in three innings of work. Arkansas (8-2) was shut out for the first time since a 5-0 loss to LSU on May 2 of last year – a span of 31 games.
Brett Eibner pitched well in his third start of the season, but a solo home run to Cal left fielder Danny Oh in the fourth inning was enough to hand the junior his first loss of the year. Eibner pitched five innings on a 70-pitch count, allowing one run on three hits and struck out five batters.
Eibner (2-1) was replaced by sophomore left-hander Geoffrey Davenport, who was roughed up quickly. Second baseman Austin Booker reached on an infield hit and Oh reached on a bunt single to start the inning before first baseman Mark Canha extended the Bears lead to 4-0 with a three-run home run.
Cal tagged Davenport for two more runs in the seventh. Darrel Matthews, who reached on an error, scored on a Brian Guinn RBI single. Guinn, who stole second and advanced to third on an error, scored on a fielder's choice to extend the Cal lead to 6-0.
Arkansas had plenty of chances early. The Razorbacks stranded four runners in the first three innings, including two in scoring position in the third.
The Razorbacks stranded two more in the eighth, including pinch-hitter Matt Vinson on third base, when Andy Wilkins grounded out to second base. The usually reliable Wilkins, who has 15 RBIs this season, went 0-for-4 on the day and stranded four runners in scoring position.
Arkansas stranded two more in the ninth inning and eight runners for the game.
Arkansas will fly home Monday and return to action with a two-game midweek series against South Dakota State beginning Tuesday at Baum Stadium.
Cal 6, Arkansas 0
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