March 3, 2013
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Cal baseball's offense finally exploded, scoring 13 runs on 20 hits in a 13-2 win over Houston (8-3) Sunday (March 3) at the Astros Foundation College Classic. The Golden Bears (5-6) were led by junior catcher Andrew Knapp's 4-for-5 day with a double, home run and three RBI. Freshman right-hander Collin Monsour picked up his first collegiate win.
Cal, which only had 18 hits and scored six runs in the prior three games, had a season-high 20 hits against the Cougars, which entered the game 8-2, including recent victories over Texas A&M and Baylor. The Bears were led offensively not only by Knapp, a first-team Preseason All-American, but sophomore first baseman Brenden Farney went a career-high 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Junior right fielder Jacob Wark (3-for-4, double) and sophomore third baseman Chris Paul (3-for-4, three RBI) both had three-hit days; while junior second baseman Derek Campbell and freshman center fielder Devin Pearson had two hits apiece including recording doubles.
On the mound, freshman Monsour (1-0) was outstanding in his first collegiate start, throwing 5.1 innings with five hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts. Senior right-hander Logan Scott finished the game, pitching the final 2.2 innings with three hits, one run, one walk and two strikeouts.
"We did a good job of getting our lead-off guy on base and getting the big hit today," said Cal coach David Esquer. "Andrew Knapp and Devin Pearson were keys for us offensively. Collin Monsour was solid and gave us our longest start of the year. He threw strikes and only walked one batter."
At the conclusion of the Astros Foundation College Classic, an all-tournament team was selected with the Bears' sophomore first baseman Brenden Farney earning a spot after going 5-for-12 (.417) with a double and two RBI.
The Bears will next compete in their fourth game in four days when they visit No. 13 Rice on Monday, March 4 at 3 p.m. Central Time at Reckling Park.