Feb. 19, 2010
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Freshman designated hitter Devin Rodriguez had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a grand slam and an RBI double as Cal baseball shut out visiting Southern Utah, 14-0, in the 2010 season-opener Friday, Feb. 19 at Evans Diamond. Rodriguez, from Newhall, Calif., got a single in his first collegiate at-bat in the second inning, and then helped propel the Golden Bears' eight-run third inning with a bases loaded shot over the left field fence off of Thunderbird starter Steve Johnson (3.0 inning, 13 hits, nine earned runs, one walk, one strikeout).
Cal also got solid pitching from sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson, who threw 7.0 innings, scattering six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The Bears pounded out 19 hits, including multiple hit games from Rodriguez, sophomore outfielder Danny Oh (3-for-4, double, RBI), junior second baseman Brian Guinn (2-for-6), freshman third baseman Tony Renda (2-for-3, double), sophomore catcher Chadd Krist (2-for-4, triple, RBI), sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien and freshman center fielder Darrel Matthews (2-for-3, two RBI).
Freshman Matthews had started the day's scoring when he had a two-run single to center field in his first collegiate at-bat in the second inning. Freshman Mitch Delfino also had a two-run hit in his first collegiate at-bat when he had a pinch-hit double in the seventh inning. On the day, nine of Cal's 19 hits were produced by freshmen.
"We really swung the bats today," said Cal coach David Esquer, who is now 8-3 in season-openers. "We have been practicing well, so I was really looking forward to seeing us play. (Erik) Johnson was good and solid and our young freshmen came out and really performed."
Due to the forecast of rain, the Bears will next host Southern Utah in a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Evans Diamond.
Southern Utah: None.
Cal: Devin Rodriguez, grand slam in the third inning.