May 28, 2010
EUGENE, ORE. - The Cal baseball team (28-22, 12-13) received some outstanding pitching from freshman left-hander Justin Jones and sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson in a 4-3 victory over No. 21 Oregon Friday night at PK Park in Eugene. The Golden Bears also got a key two-run double from sophomore catcher Chadd Krist and a home run from sophomore center fielder Chad Bunting.
In a crucial game in Cal's bid for an NCAA postseason bid, the Bears were able to hold on for a win over the Ducks. Jones was able to win his 10th game of the season (10-5) by throwing 7.0 innings with six hits, two runs, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts. He was relieved in the eighth inning by Johnson, Cal's regular Friday starter, who threw the final 2.0 innings (one hit, one run, two walks, four strikeouts) to earn his first save of the year.
The losing pitcher for Oregon was sophomore left-hander Tyler Anderson (7-4, 6.1 innings, six hits, four runs, one walk, seven strikeouts).
Cal started the evenings scoring with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Freshman third baseman Mitch Delfino had a one-out singled up the middle off Anderson. Freshman right fielder Tony Renda then walked after forcing Anderson to throw several pitches. With two outs, junior first baseman Mark Canha knock an RBI single to left field, followed by Krist's two-run double down the left field line.
Oregon battled back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. KC Serna led-off with a single and then scored with Jack Marder singled to right field and the Bears made an errant throw in attempting to get Serna out at third base. Shawn Peterson later had an RBI ground out to score Marder.
However, Bunting was able to quickly put Cal back ahead, 4-2, on a first-pitch lead-off homer to left center field off Anderson in the seventh inning. The Ducks got within 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. With Johnson replacing Jones, Serna led-off with a walk and advanced to third base on Danny Pulfer's double. Serna later scored on a Johnson wild pitch before Johnson was able to recover to strikeout the side.
Jones' 10th win of the season is the first time a Cal pitcher has won 10 games in a single season since David Cash in 2001 and places the freshman tied for sixth on the Bears' single-season list. Offensively, Canha's RBI single in the sixth inning gave him 61 RBI on the season, tied for eighth with Conor Jackson (2002) on Cal's single-season RBI list.
Cal will next play Oregon in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, May 29 at 6 p.m. at PK Park.
Cal: Bunting, solo home run in the seventh inning.