Texas's Kyle Jonhston seem h here pitching against Cal in 2015, gave up seven runs on Sunday. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Instant reaction: Texas drops second straight to Cal, 4-3

Posted March 4th, 2016

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Where it went wrong: Cal scored four runs before Texas scored its first. At one point, Cal starter Daulton Jefferies retired nine straight Longhorns. With two runners on in the ninth, Zane Gurwitz and Bret Boswell struck out swinging.

The starter: Kyle Johnston pitched six innings, and two of them were bad. He started the second by hitting No. 9 hitter Preston Grand Pre, who came around to score on Brenden Forney’s RBI single. Cal tacked on another run when Johnston bounced a ball past catcher Michael Cantu. In the sixth, Johnston gave up two more runs on four straight singles. A throwing error by short stop Bret Boswell made the second run unearned. Johnston’s best inning was the fifth when he struck out the side for half of his six strikeouts.

Top hitter: Tres Barrera, 1-4, 2B. RBI. His eighth-inning double was his first extra-base hit among his 10 hits this season.

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Key stat: Cal starter Daulton Jefferies pitched 17 2/3 scoreless innings to start the year. His streak was broken up on Joe Baker’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

Next: 2 p.m. Saturday vs. California

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