April 5, 2010
BERKELEY - The University of California baseball team (16-10, 3-3) is nationally ranked for the first time this season after sweeping then-No. 18-ranked Arizona (7-2, 8-0, 4-3) last week at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, ranked 30th in Collegiate Baseball, will be looking to extend their four-game winning streak when it hosts Bay Area rival Stanford in a non-conference game Monday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Cardinal (13-9, 3-3) are ranked 22nd in Baseball America and won one-of-three games at No. 2 UCLA last weekend.
The Stanford-Cal game can be viewed on Gametracker on calbears.com, and can be heard on KALX 90.7 FM.
Starting on the mound Monday for Cal will be senior left-hander Chris Petrini, who finished 4-3 last season with a 3.98 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 43.0 innings. Petrini ended the 2009 season on a high note when he threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout (6-0) of USC. In that game he only yielded one walk and tied a career-high with nine strikeouts against the Trojans. In his most recent outing, Petrini got a no decision, but threw a season-high 6.1 innings with five hits, two runs, two walks and four strikeouts in a March 30 win (8-5) over Fresno State.
The Bears' sweep of No. 18 Arizona was their first sweep of a Pac-10 foe since sweeping USC (4-3, 6-1, 6-3) May 19-21, 2007 at Evans Diamond. The Wildcats came into the series with a Pac-10 leading .372 team-batting average.
In the first game of the April 3 doubleheader, an 8-0 win, the Bears recorded their seventh shutout of the season, which ties the school record for single-season shutouts with the 1978 squad.
Freshman left-hander Justin Jones was brilliant in the shutout of Arizona, throwing 8.0 innings with four hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Jones is now 6-2 on the year with a 3.07 ERA and leads the Pac-10 in innings pitched (55.2). He has 46 strikeouts in those 55.2 innings with two complete games and has been involved in two of Cal's seven shutouts this season. Opponents are batting .210 against Jones.
Sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson has been impressive this season, sporting a 4-1 record with a 2.70 ERA and has 32 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. Johnson opened the year not giving up an earned run in his first 19.0 innings.
At the plate Cal has been led by sophomore catcher Chadd Krist (.414, 41-for-99, 12-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI), freshman designated hitter Tony Renda (.384, 38-for-99, 11-2B, 2-3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI) and junior first baseman Mark Canha (.378, 37-for-98, 7-28, 3 HR, team-high 31 RBI).
Last week the Bears went 4-0 and Renda was 8-for-13 (.615) with three doubles and 11 total bases, Canha was 6-for-13 (.462) with two doubles and five RBI and Krist was 6-for-14 (.429) with a double and two RBI.
After hosting Stanford Monday, Cal will visit Pac-10 foe USC, April 9-11, at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. The Trojans are currently 14-14 overall and 2-4 in conference play.