Essentially needing a win to make the best case possible for hosting a Regional next weekend, the Arizona Wildcats scuffled against the California Golden Bears, losing this game 9-6.
The starting pitchers for both teams had rough nights. Cameron Ming allowed five runs in the first inning, while Arizona chased Cal starter Matt Ladrech after he recorded just one out.
Cal turned to Joey Matulovich, and he was able to hold Arizona off just enough.
Matulovich tossed 4 1⁄3 innings on the night, but did give up three runs, allowing Arizona to tie the game in the fourth.
However, Arizona’s bullpen did its bullpen-y thing, letting the Bears score single runs in the sixth and seventh plus a two-spot in the eighth to take this contest with what felt like relative ease.
Cal provided two very entertaining moments in this game. Left fielder Jonah Davis got stuck in the fence after trying to chase down a foul ball, resulting in the entire Golden Bear dugout running out to help free him from the grips of the chain link.
The look you give after you got stuck under the fence and your friends had to rescue you.#GoBears pic.twitter.com/AFiYF7TY6r— Cal Baseball (@Cal_Baseball) May 28, 2017
And then while leading 6-5 in the 7th, a swinging bunt thing led to a two-run advantage for Cal.
Don't know what to call it? It's a slug-bunt!— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) May 28, 2017
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But you should also watch this Louis Boyd play, because it’s absurd.
"Gloves are overrated." - Probably Louis Boyd— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) May 28, 2017
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Results from around the country on Saturday that could have an impact on Arizona’s hosting chances
The loss to Cal was certainly not the only bad part of the day for Arizona and its bid to host a regional.
- Oklahoma State beating West Virginia 4-3 in 10 innings
- Texas beating TCU in one of two games to advance to the Big 12 Final
- Florida State beat Duke 5-1
- Houston beat UConn 13-3
- Southern Miss beat Charlotte twice
- Arkansas beat Florida 16-0
- UCLA beat Oregon 10-1
- Long Beach State beat Cal State Fullerton 1-0
That should pretty much end any thought of Tucson seeing postseason baseball next weekend. It’s likely Arizona will travel to either Long Beach or Austin for Regional play. The 16 Regional sites will be announced at 5:30 PM PT on Sunday.
Arizona and Cal wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 PM PT. Cody Deason is scheduled to toe the rubber for Arizona, while the Bears had not announced a starting pitcher for their season finale. It will also be Senior Day at Hi Corbett.