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RECAP: Cal baseball drops first half of doubleheader against No. 14 Texas Tech

Cal drops second straight game to Texas Tech, with another strong pitching effort lost in the late innings.

California dropped its second game in a row to No. 14 Texas Tech on Saturday morning, and, as with Friday's 4-2 loss, it was a close one.

The Bears dropped the front end of a doubleheader in Lubbock, 5-1, after getting a stellar 4.0 shutout innings from freshman starter Jared Horn, who worked quickly to retire the first 11 men he faced, and 12 of the first 13.

Through the first 4.1 innings, Horn had thrown 68 pitches, with two strikeouts and just one hit allowed, with freshman Anthony Walters making a sparkling grab in left field for the first out in the bottom of the fifth.

One batter later, Horn allowed a full-count single to right fielder Ryan Long, then walked catcher Michael Berglund, and balked both runners over. A groundout to short by left fielder Cody Farhat broke the 0-0 tie, putting the Red Raiders on top for good. Horn got two outs in the top of the sixth, but gave up back-to-back hits before being pulled for Joey Matulovich. Matulovich proceeded to give up two walks and a home run, with the big blow being a three-run shot to left by third baseman Josh Jung on a payoff pitch from the sophomore righty.

Cal managed to scratch out just three hits against Texas Tech, and just two in 7.0 innings against starter Steven Gingery, who struck out seven, needing just 88 pitches.

Designated hitter Tanner Dodson accounted for the Bears' scoring, cashing in a four-pitch, two-out walk to Jonah Davis in the top of the seventh with a double to left center. 

Gingery moved to 2-0 on the season, while Horn dropped to 0-1. Horn allowed three runs -- all earned -- on four hits in 5.2 innings, throwing 91 pitches and striking out three, while walking one.

Reliever Ian Lutz made his Cal debut, throwing 2.1 innings of shutout ball, allowing one hit and striking out one.

In the late innings, JuCo transfer Austen Swift got his first Cal at-bat, striking out in the top of the eighth.

Cal and Texas Tech square off again at 1:15 p.m., PT, in the back half of the doubleheader, with either Rogelio Reyes or Aaron Shortridge set to start. Top Stories