March 12, 2013
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - Behind freshman left fielder Brian Celsi's key two-run double in the fourth inning, Cal baseball captured its fifth-straight win with a 3-1 victory over Santa Clara Tuesday night (March 12) at Stephen Schott Stadium.
The Golden Bears, who improved to 10-7 with the win, had yielded a run in the bottom of the first inning on Bronco (8-9) designated hitter Peter Summerville's sacrifice fly off of Cal starter Michael Theofanopoulos. But, the Bears came storming back with three runs in the top of the fourth inning on a fielder's choice RBI by pitcher/designated hitter Theofanopoulos and a two-run double by Celsi - the first extra base hit of his Cal career.
The Bears received outstanding relief pitching. After Theofanopoulos gave up one run in 3.2 innings on two hits, five walks and four strikeouts, four Cal relievers shut down the Broncos the rest of the way. Senior right-hander Ryan Wertenberger (1-1) picked up the win, throwing the next 1.1 innings after Theofanopoulos. Sophomore left-hander Chris Muse-Fisher followed Wertenberger and went 2.0 innings with one hit and three strikeouts. Senior left-hander Justin Jones pitched the eighth inning (one walk) and finally junior right-hander Michael Lowden earned his second save of the year by throwing the bottom of the ninth inning with one hit and a strikeout.
The Bears finished with eight hits, with Celsi and sophomore second baseman Brenden Farney producing two hits apiece.
"It was another outstanding job by our bullpen," said Cal coach David Esquer. "Our offense scored us enough runs to win, but it was our relief pitching that really enable us to pick up this victory."
Cal next opens Pac-12 play with a three-game series at Utah, beginning Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. MT at Spring Mobile Park in Salt Lake City.