May 10, 2013
BERKELEY - Behind the back drop of a brand new video scoreboard, junior designated hitter Devon Rodriguez had a clutch two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to help lead Cal baseball to a 3-1 victory over No. 13-ranked Arizona State Friday night at Evans Diamond.
After the Sun Devils had taken a 1-0 lead with Kasey Coffman's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, the Golden Bears made their comeback in the eighth inning against ASU starter Trevor Williams (7.2 innings, six hits, three runs, three walks, five strikeouts). Freshman first baseman Nick Halamandaris led off the eighth with a single to left field and was advanced to second base by pinch hitter John Soteropolis' sacrifice bunt. Later in the inning, freshman outfielder Brian Celsi reached on a two-out walk by Williams and then sophomore second baseman Brenden Farney tied the game with an RBI single through the middle of the infield that scored freshman pinch runner Sean Peters.
After junior catcher Andrew Knapp walked, Rodriguez followed with his key two-run single down the left field line that scored Celsi and Farney and gave Cal its first lead of the game.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was senior reliever Logan Scott (4-2), who threw 1.2 innings with a hit. Sophomore right-hander Dylan Nelson ended up earning the save (third of the year) when he was able to strikeout Michael Benjamin with runners on first and second base to end the game.
The early part of the game was a pitching between Williams and Cal freshman right-hander Ryan Mason, who went 6.1 innings with five hits, one run, three walks and five strikeouts. Both teams finished with six hits on the night.
"It was an exciting night at Evans Diamond with an outstanding crowd (1,132 attendance), a new scoreboard and a close ballgame," said Cal coach David Esquer. "It was a great outing by Ryan Mason and we got big hits from Brenden Farney and Devon Rodriguez. It means a lot for our team to pull out a win against a quality opponent like Arizona State."
Cal next hosts Arizona State in the second game of the three-game Pac-12 series, Saturday May 11 at 7 p.m. Evans Diamond. All three games of the ASU-Cal series will be broadcasted on KNEW 960 AM and KALX 90.7 FM, while the Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m.) games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.