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RECAP: Cal loses to Texas Tech 3-2 in extra innings

A home run by freshman Andrew Vaughn and a ninth-inning balk get Cal even with No. 14 Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders come out on top in extra innings.

No. 14 Texas Tech clinched this weekend's series against California with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, but needed extra innings in the second game to do it.

The freshman- and sophomore-heavy Bears dropped the nightcap 3-2 in 11 innings, despite stellar play from freshman first baseman Andrew Vaughn, who slugged his first career home run -- one of just four hits on the game for Cal (2-4). The Red Raiders (7-1) tallied a run in a lengthy 24-pitch first against starter Aaron Shortridge, Vaughn without even a single hit, and nearly broke through again in the second. Shortridge labored through 15 pitches, allowing two straight singles to lead off the frame before striking out catcher Clay Koelzer. Vaughn -- a shortstop by trade -- snared a hot shot by Gardner and threw to first to cut down junior outfielder Connor Beck -- aboard with a leadoff single -- at home for the second out.

Head coach David Esquer then went to the bullpen for Zayne Patino, who needed just two pitches to get out of the inning, getting a fly out to left by Michael Davis. 

Vaughn stepped up with one out in the top of the fourth and popped his first career circuit shot over the left field fence to tie things at 1-1. In the bottom of the fifth, it was Denis Karas's turn to flash the leather, laying out to rob a hit from senior Hunter Hargrove, and then firing to first, where Vaughn made a swiping tag on the sliding Hargrove for the second out of the inning. One batter later, though, Patino served up a 1-0 offering to junior Zach Rheams, who promptly spanked it over the right field wall to give Texas Tech the 2-1 lead.

Vaughn had the chance to tie things up again, in the top of the sixth. Jonah Davis took a two-out dose, and promptly swiped second, setting up an RBI opportunity for Vaughn, who struck out swinging on three pitches to end the threat.

Patino worked 3.1 innings, scattering three hits and two walks, striking out three, and then gave way to lefty Arman Sabouri, who three 2.2 shutout frames, allowing three hits and striking out two. Patino, Sabouri and Vaughn -- who picked off Ryan Long to end the bottom of the eighth after taking the mound for a brief cameo -- held the line long enough for the Bears to mount a comeback.

The Red Raiders sent freshman utility man John McMilion to the mound in the top of the ninth, and he promptly hit catcher Tyrus Greene, and then, with freshman outfielder Max Flower at the dish, uncorked a wild pitch, and then balked Greene over to third. Just before walking Flower, McMilion balked again, bringing Greene home. Flower worked a seven-pitch walk, and then Anthony Walters worked an eight-pitch free pass of his own, but Ripken Reyes struck out, and Kyle Sanchez grounded out to end the threat.

Closer Erik Martinez retired six of the next seven men he faced -- interrupted only by a one-out walk in the 10th -- but after an eight-pitch battle against Long, Martinez gave up a grounder up the middle. Reyes was able to make the grab, but his throw to Vaughn at first was in the dirt, allowing the leadoff man to reach. A sacrifice bunt moved Long to second, and Martinez proceeded to walk junior Orlando Garcia to set up the force at any base, and keep the double play in order. On Martinez's second pitch to late-inning defensive replacement catcher Michael Berglund, the freshman backstop banged a single through the right side, driving in the winning run.

Martinez took his first loss of the season, while Texas Tech reliever Jose Quezada -- who threw 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings with five strikeouts -- earned his first victory of the season. Top Stories