Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Drops 3-2 Decision In Pac-10 Opener
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 31, 2006
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            BERKELEY, Calif. ?- Despite an outstanding pitching performance by freshman Preston Guilmet, the Arizona baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to California at Evans Diamond in its Pac-10 opener on Thursday. The loss, UA’s fourth one-run defeat of the year, dropped the Wildcats to 11-13 overall and to 0-1 in the conference. Cal improved to 15-11 for the season and to 3-1 in the Pac-10.


            The Golden Bears scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth when Garrett Bussiere hit Guilmet’s lone mistake of the game over the wall in the left for a three-run homer. The game-changing blast was set up by a two-out throwing error by Colt Sedbrook on a grounder by Josh Satin and a single Chris Errecart in the previous two at-bats.


            Jon Gaston, who finished 2 for 4 in the game, pulled Arizona within one with a two-run homer in the seventh, but was doubled-up at second base on a liner by Brad Boyer in the ninth for a game-ending double play.


            Cal’s Brandon Morrow (6-0) picked up his sixth win of the season, scattering five UA hits over eight innings, while missing only on Gaston’s seventh-inning blast. He finished with nine strikeouts and three walks on the afternoon.


Reliever Jeremy Burchett recorded his second save of the year after working around consecutive one-out singles by Gaston and Konrad Schmidt in the ninth. Gaston, who broke for third on a 3-2 pitch to Boyer, couldn’t get back to second in time on the ensuing fly-out, allowing Errecart to throw behind him for the double play.


Guilmet (2-4) tied his career high with seven innings pitched in the losing effort on Thursday. The first-year right-hander surrendered seven hits, no earned runs, struck out five on walked only one in his first series-opening start.


Schmidt (2 for 4) and Brad Glenn (1 for 3) added doubles for Arizona in the losing effort.


Arizona and Cal are scheduled to play the second contest of the three-game set on Friday at 2 p.m. Left-hander Brad Mills is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats and all of the action can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM.

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