March 12, 2010
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Bolstered by a complete game from freshman left-hander Justin Jones and clutch hitting from Brian Guinn, Mark Canha and Chadd Krist, the California baseball team defeated No. 9 Rice for the second night in a row, topping the Owls, 6-4, Friday night (March 12) at Reckling Park in Houston. The Golden Bears, who held on for an 8-6 win yesterday, improved to 9-3. The Owls dropped to 8-7.
Jones, who was a seventh round pick of the Chicago White Sox out of Oakdale (Calif.) High School, limited Rice to four runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts to improve his record to 3-1. He now has 27 strikeouts in 30.0 innings this season.
But host Rice scored the first run of the game on an RBI double by shortstop Rick Hague off Jones in the second inning. Yet Cal was able to came back with three runs in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by junior first baseman Canha and an RBI double by sophomore catcher Krist off Owl starter Jared Rogers (1-1, 3.1 innings, five hits, four runs, two walks, six strikeouts).
The Bears added a run in the sixth inning when Cal's freshman center fielder Darrel Matthews singled and advanced to second base on an error by Rice first baseman Jimmy Comerota. A bunt single by junior shortstop Guinn put Matthews on third base where he later scored on a ground out by junior designated hitter Austin Booker.
The Owls made the score 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a solo home run to center field by Anthony Rendon. Cal came back again, scoring a run in the eighth when Guinn led-off the inning with a triple down the right field line and scored on a wild pitch by Rice reliever Mark Haynes to make the game, 6-2.
The Owls were not done threatening, however, as Rendon had an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Hague added another run with a one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, before Jones was able to get the next two batters to ground out to end the game.
Guinn finished the day 3-for-5 with a triple, while Canha (3-for-5, two RBI) and Krist (2-for-3, RBI) each had two doubles.
The Bears continue their series against Rice with the third game of the four-game series, Saturday, March 13 at 2 p.m. CT in Houston.
Rice: Rendon, solo home run in the sixth inning. Hague, solo home run in the ninth inning.