Feb. 26, 2010
BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. - Led by a two-home run day from sophomore catcher Chadd Krist and outstanding pitching from sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson, the California baseball team defeated Central Michigan, 9-4, Friday (Feb. 26) in the opening game of the 2010 Cal State Bakersfield Tournament at Hardt Field in Bakersfield. The Golden Bears (4-1) got another stellar effort from Johnson, who threw 6.0 innings with four hits, no runs, two walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts, while Krist raise his season batting average to .632 (12-for-19) by going 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and a solo homer.
Cal had jumped out to an 8-0 lead, scoring in each of the first four innings, including a three-run fourth inning in which Krist hit a two-run homer to left field after junior right fielder Mark Canha had driven in a run with an RBI single up the middle off of Chippewa left-hander Trent Howard (0-1, 3.2 innings, 11 hits, eight runs, two walks, two strikeouts). Meanwhile Johnson had his second strong outing of 2010 and now has 14 strikeouts in 13.0 innings.
The Bears next face Bay Area rival Saint Mary's in their second game of the CS Bakersfield Tourney on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m., before taking on host Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
Cal's next home contests will be March 5-7 when it hosts SEC foe Arkansas. Game times are 1:30 p.m. March 5 and 1 p.m. March 6 and March 7.
Central Michigan: None.
Cal: Krist, two-run homer in the fourth inning. Krist, solo home run in the seventh inning.