March 17, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -
Down 4-0 after two innings, the Cal baseball team made an impressive comeback, shutting out Utah the rest of the way to capture a 6-4 win over the Utes Sunday (March 17) in Salt Lake City. With the victory, the Golden Bears (13-7, 3-0) swept the Pac-12 series from Utah (9-5, 9-5, 6-4) and have now won eight games in a row.
Freshman center fielder Devin Pearson led Cal at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI, including scoring the go ahead run in the seventh inning on Devon Rodriguez's RBI single, and providing the Bears with an insurance run in the ninth inning with an RBI single.
On the mound, senior right-hander Logan Scott picked up the win in relief, throwing 1.2 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and a strikeout. Junior right-hander Trevor Hildenberger picked up the save, throwing the final 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts.
Down 4-0 going into the top of the third inning, the Bears mounted their comeback when junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp had an RBI single after freshmen Grant Diede and Pearson had back-to-back singles off of Utah starter Dalton Carroll (5.1 innings, five hits, four runs, one walk, four strikeouts). Later in the inning, junior right fielder Jacob Wark had a clutch two-run single to get Cal within 4-3.
The Bears tied the contest in the sixth inning when sophomore third baseman Chris Paul knocked in an RBI triple. Cal took the lead for good in the seventh inning when Pearson had a double down the left field line, advanced to third base on Reuvekamp's ground out to second base, and scored on Rodriguez's single to left field.
Pearson contributed again in the top of the ninth inning when he hit an RBI single to right field, scoring freshman left fielder Brian Celsi, who started the rally with a one-out single through the middle of the infield.
The Bears will look to continue their winning streak when they travel to San Jose State, Wednesday, March 20 for a 2:30 p.m. game at Municipal Stadium.