Feb. 20, 2010
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Dominating both offensively and defensively, the California baseball team shut out Southern Utah, 22-0 and 10-0, Saturday (Feb. 20) in a doubleheader at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 3-0 on the year after also holding the Thunderbirds scoreless (14-0) Friday. In all, David Esquer's squad outscored Southern Utah, 46-0, with a .449 team batting average (57-for-127), including 19 doubles, two triples and three home runs. On the mound, Cal had 30 strikeouts and only three walks.
The Bears had great performances on the mound Saturday, first by freshman left-hander Justin Jones (7.0 innings, seven hits, no runs, one walk, nine strikeouts) in his college debut, and then by sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson in game two (7.0 innings, four hits, no walks, eight strikeouts). Offensively, sophomore outfielder Chad Bunting hit a three-run homer and finished with five RBI in game one; while Brian Guinn, Tony Renda, Krist and Devin Rodriguez had three hits apiece in game two.
"I don't think I have ever seen three shutouts in a row," said Cal coach David Esquer. "Both our pitching and hitting was excellent. It was obviously a very good weekend for us."
The Bears next host UC Davis on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal then enters the Cal State Bakersfield Tournament, Feb. 26-28. The Bears open the tournament Friday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. versus Central Michigan. Cal then battles Saint Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. before taking on host Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
Home Runs Game One:
Southern Utah: None.
Cal: Chad Bunting, three-run homer in the eighth inning.
Home Runs Game Two: None