March 7, 2010
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Down 2-0 in a three-game series versus No. 17 Arkansas, the California baseball team put together an outstanding pitching and hitting effort in a 6-0 shutout of the Razorbacks Sunday, March 7 at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears were paced by stellar pitching from junior right-handers Kevin Miller and Brian Diemer, and clutch hitting from junior first baseman Mark Canha and sophomore left fielder Danny Oh to improve to 7-3 on the year. Arkansas dropped to 8-2 after winning the first two games of the series, 7-3 and 9-5.
Sunday's game marked the fifth shutout for Cal's pitching staff this season. The Bears opened the year shutting out Southern Utah in a three game series (14-0, 22-0, 10-0), shutting out Cal State Bakersfield (13-0) Feb. 28 in Bakersfield, and now against the Top 20-ranked Razorbacks.
Miller evened his record to 1-1 this season by limiting Arkansas, a 2009 College World Series squad, to only four hits in 6.0 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Diemer continued Cal's strong pitching performance by throwing the final 3.0 innings with two hits, two walks and two strikeouts to earn his first save of the season and second save of his college career.
The Bears scored their first run of the game in the fourth inning when Oh hit his first home run of the season with a lined shot over the right field fence off Razorback starter Brett Eibner (2-1, 5.0 innings, three hits, one run, no walks, five strikeouts).
Cal was then able to give itself some breathing room with three runs in the sixth inning off Arkansas reliever Geoffrey Davenport, highlighted by Canha's three-run homer to left field. Junior second baseman Austin Booker had started the inning off with a single to the shortstop, followed by a bunt single by Oh, setting up Canha's heroics. The Bears added two more runs in the seventh inning on an RBI single up the middle by junior designated hitter Brian Guinn, and an RBI groundout to first base by Booker.
"We played great," said Cal coach David Esquer. "To have our pitching perform so well against a quality club was definitely a key and we also got some great production from the middle of our line-up (Oh and Canha). This was a big win for us."
The Bears continue to play some of the best teams in the country as they next travel to No. 9-ranked (Baseball America) Rice for a four-game series, beginning Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. CT in Houston.
Cal: Oh, solo home run in the fourth inning. Canha, three-run homer in the sixth inning.