May 4, 2010
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - The No. 18-ranked (Collegiate Baseball, 21st in Baseball America) Cal baseball team scored five runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 7-3 victory Tuesday (May 4) at Sacramento State's Hornet Field. The Golden Bears (27-15) won their fourth game in a row after a four-run third inning gave them a 5-0 lead. Junior second baseman Brian Guinn led Cal with three hits, including a double, and sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was junior right-hander Kevin Miller (3-2, 2.1 innings, one hit, no runs, two strikeouts), who replaced senior left-hander Chris Petrini (4.2 innings, five hits, three runs, three walks, three strikeouts) in the fifth inning. Sophomore right-hander Matt Flemer earned his team-high fourth save of the year, throwing the final two innings (one hit, no runs, one strikeout).
Cal scored a run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single down the right-field line by junior first baseman Mark Canha, the Pac-10 leader 53 RBI. The Bears later tacked on four more runs in the third inning on freshman designated hitter Devin Rodriguez's RBI ground out, sophomore center fielder Chad Bunting's RBI single to third base, sophomore right fielder Danny Oh's RBI bunt single and Semien's RBI single to center field.
Sacramento State did get within 5-3 with three runs in the fifth inning off Petrini and Miller, but Cal was able to hold the Hornets scoreless the rest of the way while adding single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Junior left fielder Austin Booker had an RBI double in the eighth inning and Semien had his second RBI of the day with a run scoring single up the middle.
Cal will next return to Pac-10 play with a three-game series at Washington State, Saturday May 8 through Monday May 10 in Pullman, Wash. Game times are 5:30 p.m., 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Sacramento State: None.