March 23, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - The California baseball team limited San Francisco to only five hits, and except for giving up a three-run homer in the fifth inning, stifled the Dons in an 8-3 win Tuesday (March 23) at Dante Benedetti Diamond in San Francisco. The Golden Bears (12-7) were led offensively by freshman right fielder Jimmy Bosco's two-run double in the fourth inning and sophomore outfielder Chad Bunting's clutch two-run single in the seventh inning and RBI double in the ninth. USF fell to 11-11.
Cal senior right-handed reliever Daniel Wolford picked up the win (1-1, 1.1 inning, no hits, no runs, one walk, one strikeout) when he replaced senior left-hander Chris Petrini (4.2 innings, four hits, three runs, one walk, five strikeouts) in the fourth inning. The Bears also received solid relief pitching from junior right-hander Kevin Miller (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs) and sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson (1.0 inning, one hit, no runs).
Cal scored the first runs of the game in the fourth inning on a bases loaded walk by freshman third baseman Tony Renda, an RBI infield single by freshman designated hitter Devin Rodriguez and Bosco's two-run double off USF freshman right-hander Abe Bobb (1-2, 3.1 innings, five hits, four runs, two walks).
The Dons got their runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Robert Abel hit a three-run homer to left field off Petrini to make the score, 4-3. Yet, Cal came back strong with two runs in both the seventh and ninth innings. Bunting came in as a pinch hitter with two outs in the seventh inning and promptly hit a two-run single to center field. He then joined fellow sophomore Matt Flemer with back-to-back RBI doubles in the top of the ninth inning.
The Bears will next play at No. 1-ranked (Collegiate Baseball) Arizona State to open their Pac-10 slate. Cal begins the three-game series, Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The top-ranked Sun Devils are 20-0 on the season.
San Francisco: Abel, three-run homer in the fifth inning.