TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Cal baseball team ended No. 7 Arizona’s hopes of a share of the Pac-10 title with a 6-3 win in the continuation of Friday’s suspended game and mother nature intervened with lightening and rain for a second straight day to delay the second game in the seventh inning of the Pac-10 series in Tucson on Saturday.
Game two, which is tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, will be resumed at 11 a.m. on Sunday with the series finale contest to follow 30 minutes after the completion of the second game.
Restarting the series opening game that was delayed by lightening and rain on Friday, Cal scored two runs in the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and added single runs in the seventh and ninth innings to hand Oregon State (19-5 Pac-10) the outright Pac-10 title.
The loss dropped Arizona to 36-18 on the year and out of contention for the Pac-10 championship with a 16-6 record in the conference. Cal (33-22, 12-10 Pac-10) improved its chances of earning a postseason bid with the victory, ensuring itself of a .500 Pac-10 record with its 12th conference win of the year.
Berkeley’s Matt Einspahr spurred the Bears on to victory in the series opener, finishing the contest 5 for 5 with a pair of RBI and three runs scored. Teammate Garrett Bussiere added four hits in five at bats, as the Golden Bear offense finished with 16 hits in the game.
Eric Dworkis (6-5) picked up the win on the mound as he entered the game for Friday starter Adam Gold upon its resumption on Saturday and limited Arizona to three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. Closer Travis Talbott picked up his team-leading ninth save of the year with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
UA’s Eric Berger (6-2) was charged with his second straight loss after giving up the go-ahead runs in the sixth. The freshman left-hander surrendered three runs on eight hits in three innings.
In the delayed second game, Cal rallied to tie the contest at 4-4 with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning before the elements took over again. The game will resume in the seventh inning with Arizona coming to the plate with no outs and nobody on base.