BERKELEY - Behind an impressive performance from freshman right-hander Daulton Jefferies and a 3-for-4 day from junior Derek Campbell, Cal baseball shutout No. 18 Texas, 7-0, in the season-opener Friday night (Feb. 14) at Evans Diamond.
Jefferies, from Atwater, Calif., won his first collegiate start, throwing 6.0 innings with six hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Campbell had a pair of doubles and scored two runs in his 3-for-4 day. Texas was plagued by five errors, allowing six unearned runs, including three errors in the Golden Bears’ five-run fifth inning.
“It was a great opening night by a freshman pitcher,” said Cal coach David Esquer. “We couldn’t have asked for a better performance by Daulton against one of the top programs in the nation. He was as composed as any young pitcher I have ever seen. We knew he was capable, but you never know how a young player is going to react in his first game. Offensively, Campbell and senior Vince Bruno got things going early, which took some pressure off some of our young hitters.”
Cal scored the game’s first run in the third inning on Bruno’s sacrifice fly to center, scoring senior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp, who had led off the inning with a single. Reuvekamp’s run was unearned as he had advance to third on Texas starter Parker French’s (0-1, 5.0 innings, four hits, six runs, no earned runs, three walks, four strikeouts) throwing error on a Campbell sacrifice bunt.
The Bears exploded for five runs in the fifth inning, with Campbell leading off with a double, followed by Longhorn errors from French, first baseman Kacy Clemens, and Andy McGuire during the inning that allowed Cal to take a 6-0 lead. The Bears added a seventh run in the eighth inning when Campbell had a one-out double and scored of sophomore center fielder Devin Pearson’s RBI single to left center field.
Cal will next host Texas in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Evans Diamond. The Bears will conclude the four-game series with a 1 p.m. start on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Evans Diamond.