April 5, 2010
BERKELEY - Bolstered by the strong pitching of senior left-hander Chris Petrini and junior right-hander Kevin Miller, the Cal baseball team recorded its eighth shutout of the 2010 season with a 2-0 victory over No. 22 Stanford Monday (April 5) at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who won their fifth game in a row, improved their overall record to 17-10, while the Cardinal dropped to 13-10.
Cal's eight shutouts are the most single-season shutouts since the Bears had seven shutouts in 1973. The school record for single-season shutouts is 12 set in 1966 during the wood bat era.
Petrini was impressive in earning his first win of the year, throwing 7.0 innings with four hits, three walks and a season-high seven strikeouts. Miller earned his first save of the year, throwing the final two innings and yielding two hits.
The losing pitcher for Stanford was 6-7 freshman right-hander Chris Jenkins (0-2, 1.1 innings, no hits, two runs, four walks, one strikeout).
Cal got the only two runs of the ballgame in the bottom of the second inning when freshman third baseman Mitch Delfino walked with the bases loaded off Jenkins, followed by sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien's sacrifice fly off Cardinal reliever Chris Reed.
"The way Chris (Petrini) pitched for us today was huge," said Cal coach David Esquer. "He has been pitching well in his last two outings and just continued that today. It is very important for us to have this type of starting pitching during our mid-week games. It will be a big key to our success this season."
The Bears finished with five hits on the day from five different players - Delfino (double), Semien, sophomore left fielder Danny Oh, junior first baseman Mark Canha and sophomore center fielder Chad Bunting.
Cal will next travel to USC, April 9-11, in a three-game conference series at Dedeaux Field. The Bears will face the Trojans at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, and 1 p.m. Sunday.