BERKELEY, Calif. – The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team (8-5) was defeated by Cal (10-5) in both games of a Sunday doubleheader at Evans Diamond on the campus of the University of California on the final day of the Cal Baseball Classic.
The Golden Bears took game one 4-3 and game two 2-1. Trailing 3-1 in the seventh inning of game one, Arkansas appeared to have scored a run when Andrew Benintendi
slid into second to break up a double play, but he was called for runner’s interference to end the inning. After another Cal run pushed the lead to three, Eric Fisher
blasted a two-run home run to right field in the eighth inning to provide the final margin. Starting pitcher Chris Oliver
tied his career-long outing of 6.0 innings pitched and struck out four.
Game two featured an outstanding pitching performance from Trey Killian
, who was making his second start of the season. Killian tied his career-high with 7.0 innings pitched, allowed one earned run and scattered five hits with one strikeout while throwing just 88 pitches. Arkansas tied the game 1-1 in the top of the eighth, but Cal scored the winning run on an error during a rundown between third base and home plate with one out in the bottom of the inning.
and Brian Anderson
each recorded three hits between the two games to pace the Razorback offense. Anderson added a run scored, and Fisher contributed two RBI with McAfee adding one.
Arkansas continues its stretch of seven consecutive games away from Baum Stadium when it opens the SEC schedule Friday-Sunday at Florida. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon Sunday.
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Coach Van Horn Quotes
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on RHP-Trey Killian)
– “He battled. He was a warrior out there. He’ll tell you his breaking ball was not there the first three or four innings, and then he found the breaking ball. He battled his butt off. I was really proud of him. He hung in there, got a lot of fly balls and spotted a lot of pitches."
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on opening SEC play at Florida)
– “Florida’s going to be tough. I hope the experience we gained this weekend helps us at Florida. When you get into the SEC, everybody wants to beat you as bad as they can and it’s all about staying at the top of the league standings. We have our hands full every time we go out in this league.”
Arkansas’ relief pitchers have a streak of 30.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, a streak that stretches back to the eighth inning vs. Eastern Illinois on Feb. 22. Landon Simpson
, Michael Gunn
and Jackson Lowery
combined for 2.0 scoreless innings in game one, and Jacob Stone
and Dominic Taccolini
combined for 1.0 shutout inning in game two.
• The Razorbacks’ five losses this season have come by a combined six runs.
• Trey Killian
tied his career-long outing with 7.0 innings pitched in game two, matching his previous longest outing vs. San Diego State on March 9, 2013.
• Chris Oliver
recorded his 50th strikeout as a Razorback in the fourth inning of game one. Oliver finished the game with four strikeouts on the day and 51 for his career.
• Chris Oliver
tied his career-long outing with 6.0 innings pitched in game one, tying his 6.0 innings of work vs. Eastern Illinois on Feb. 22.
• Bobby Wernes
registered his first hit as a Razorback on a successful hit-and-run in the second inning of game two. He ended the game 2-for-2 at the plate with one walk.
• Jake Wise
earned the 50th walk of his career in the third inning of game one.
• Jake Wise
was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of game one, extending the Razorbacks’ SEC-leading total to 26 through the first 13 games this season. The Razorbacks have had at least one hit by pitch in 11 games this season and multiple hit by pitches in seven games. Arkansas was hit by a pitch 36 times in 61 games last season.
How They Scored
• Arkansas 0, Cal 1; Bottom 3rd: Mike Reuvekamp hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Brenden Farney from third base.
Arkansas 1, Cal 1; Top 8th: Brett McAfee
hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Tyler Spoon
from third base.
• Arkansas 1, Cal 2; Bottom 8th: Brian Celsi scored from third base on an error.