Andrew Hutchinson has been a multimedia reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2014.
Hogs Swept by Cal in Doubleheader
Arkansas first baseman Eric Fisher hit a two-run home run against in game one of a doubleheader against Cal. The Razorbacks lost 4-3.
The opponent was different, but the result was the same.
A little over a week after South Alabama swept them in a doubleheader at Baum Stadium, the Razorbacks lost 4-3 and 2-1 against Cal in their final day of the Cal Baseball Classic in Berkeley, Calif.
Arkansas made the first game close with a two-run home run by Eric Fisher in the eighth inning, but they never took the lead.
The host school got on the board in the first inning on an RBI-single by Derek Campbell.
Devon Rodriguez knocked the other three runs in for the Golden Bears. He hit a two-run double in the third inning and walked with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.
All four runs were allowed by Chris Oliver, who picked up his first loss of the season while giving up six hits. He struck out four batters, but walked two and hit another.
Landon Simpson and Michael Gunn faced a total of three batters out of the bullpen. Simpson allowed a hit to the only batter he faced and Gunn walked the other two.
Arkansas' first run came on a bases loaded error in the third inning, but that was all the Razorbacks could manage, as Brian Anderson flew out to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
In the second game, the Razorbacks outhit Cal 9-5, but left 10 runners on base and managed to plate only one run.
Arkansas tied the game in the top of the eighth inning on a Brett McAfee sacrifice fly. The tie didn't last long.
Trey Killian had a solid outing in his second start of the season. He pitched into the eighth inning, but was taken out of the game after giving up a lead off single to Brenden Farney. It was the fifth hit Killian allowed in the game.
Jacob Stone replaced Killian on the mound, but he didn't have good command. A hit by pitch and wild pitch allowed Brian Celsi, who pinch ran for Farney, to advance to third. Celsi eventually stole home to give the Golden Bears a 2-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The Razorbacks will be on the road again for a three-game series beginning Friday as they take on Florida to open up conference play. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. central time.