BERKELEY, Calif. – The Arkansas baseball team’s struggles continued Sunday, when California both games of a doubleheader at the Cal Baseball Classic.
The Golden Bears won game one 4-3 and game two 2-1.
California (10-5) built a 4-1 lead in the first game before Arkansas first baseman Eric Fisher’s pinch-hit home run the eighth inning cut the deficit to one. But the Razorbacks (8-5) couldn’t score again. Starting pitcher Chris Oliver (1-2) allowed four runs on six hits in six innings, suffering his second straight loss.
Trey Killian (0-2), who was making his second start, turned in a strong outing in the second game. He tied his career-high with seven innings pitched, allowed one earned run and scattered five hits with one strikeout while throwing 88 pitches.
“He battled,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “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.”
Arkansas tied the game 1-1 on Brett McAfee’s sacrifice fly 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.
Krisjon Wilkerson and Brian Anderson each recorded three hits between the two games to lead the Razorback offense, which had 15 hits in two games. Anderson scored, and Fisher collected two RBIs. McAfee added one.
Arkansas 1-3 during its four games in California. The three losses were all by one run. Arkansas scored nine runs during its four games in California.
The Razorbacks will be on the road again this week, when Arkansas opens Southeastern Conference play at Florida on Friday.
“Florida’s going to be tough,” Van Horn said. “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 Media Relations contributed to this report.