March 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - The Cal baseball team was able to score five runs off of nine San Francisco pitchers on the way to a 5-2 victory over the Dons Tuesday (March 26) at Benedetti Diamond. The Golden Bears, who were led by the hitting of Jacob Wark and the pitching of Chris Muse-Fisher, improved to 15-10 overall and will next play their first-ever night game at Evans Diamond, Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. versus USC in the opening game of a three-game Pac-12 series.
Junior right fielder Wark finished the day 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Muse-Fisher picked up his first win of the year in relief, throwing 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and five strikeouts. San Francisco native Dylan Nelson earned his second save of the season for the Bears, throwing the final 2.0 innings (two hits, no runs, two strikeouts).
Cal scored the first run of the game in the third inning off of USF (11-13) reliever Bob Mott (0-1, 1.2 innings, three hits, one unearned run, one walk, one strikeout) on junior catcher Andrew Knapp's RBI single, scoring junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp, who had reached base on an error.
The Bears added two more runs in the sixth inning after an impressive outing by Muse-Fisher in which he recorded five strikeouts with no hits in 2.0 innings of work. Freshman center fielder Devin Pearson forced in a run with a bases loaded walk, and sophomore second baseman Brenden Farney scored on a Don wild pitch. Cal added another run in the top of the seventh inning on Farney's RBI single to right center field to up the score to 4-0.
San Francisco responded with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to get within 4-2, but Cal tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning on freshman Nick Halamandaris' sacrifice fly.
The Bears finished with nine hits, and six Cal pitchers struck out 11 Dons.
The Bears' next game will be a historic first, as Cal hosts the Trojans in the first-ever night game at Evans Diamond. Evans Diamond has been the home of Cal baseball since 1933.