BERKELEY -- When the California baseball team's heads hit their pillows on Saturday night, the Bears had already taken a 13-inning comeback win over Gonzaga in the first end of a doubleheader, and were poised to take the back half -- a 3-2 game that was paused in the sixth inning due to rain at 6:57 p.m.
Cal starter Joey Matulovich, who pitched as well as he has all season, was not going to continue his game, after throwing 96 pitches in 6.0 innings. Instead, a trio of relievers proceeded to give up six runs in the first two innings of the resumed contest -- the seventh and eighth -- and Gonzaga -- which went to bed as losers -- woke up on the right side of the bed, and came away with a 8-3 win.
Lefty Arman Sabouri gave up a leadoff walk to pinch hitter Parker Price, and a wild pitch through the legs of catcher Tyrus Greene allowed Price to move to second. Those 90 feet proved vastly important, as the next man up, Daniel Fredrickson, grounded out to second. Instead of a double play and no runners, Sabouri faced a man at third, and one out. Sabouri hit Sam Brown with his first offering, and in the process of walking Tyler Frost, Sabouri uncorked another wild pitch through Greene's legs, allowing the tying run to score.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1759906-karas-wins-it-in-1... Sabouri was lifted for sophomore righty Aaron Shortridge, who had lasted just 0.1 innings on Friday. In short order, Shortridge allowed a first-pitch RBI single by second baseman Justin Jacobs off the mound, giving the Bulldogs a 4-3 advantage. Shortridge allowed a walk and a sacrifice bunt to lead off the eighth, before the skies opened up for one last protestation on the day. As the rains poured, so did the runs, as Shortridge allowed an RBI single to Brown, an RBI double to third baseman Jeff Bohling and a two-run double into the right field corner by Frost.
Before the 12:14 p.m., Sunday restart, the Bears (3-7) got the scoring going in the Saturday-night fourth, with a one-out single by Denis Karas, which tied up shortstop Gunnar Schubert, who couldn't get a throw off after a diving stop. On the second pitch to Jeffrey Mitchell, Karas bolted for second. The run-and-hit worked, sucking second baseman Jacobs to the bag, and leaving plenty of room for Mitchell's bouncing grounder to bound its way through the right side. Jacobs made up for that, though, making the force on a grounder by Anthony Walters to erase Karas, ranging to his left to field the ball and then firing back to second.
With men at the corners, freshman Max Flower, who socked his first career triple in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, lanced a line-drive single to right with the runners going, putting Cal up, 1-0.
Gonzaga (5-4) struck back in the top of the sixth. An RBI single from Bohling cashed in a leadoff triple by Brown, and after a diving grab by Vaughn on a foul pop from behind the plate and a groundout by Jacobs, Matulovich issued a seven-pitch walk to Schubert. Dangerous Jake Vieth -- who socked a home run to center in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader -- sent a 2-0 shot to the right side. Walters made a sliding stop, but his throw home skipped out of catcher Korey Lee's mitt and Bohling scored to tie things up at 2-2.
Walters was able to get a little get-back in the bottom of the frame, sending a twisting pop fly double to right into the wind, and then riding home on a single up the middle by fellow freshman Cameron Eden, before play was halted at the end of the sixth.
After the debacle that was the re-started game on Sunday, Cal will now look to split the series with a game starting at 1:45 p.m., at Evans Diamond. The Bears will start freshman righty Rogelio Reyes.