May 17, 2010
BERKELEY - The No. 25-ranked (Collegiate Baseball) Cal baseball team (27-18), which hasn't played since May 10 after taking a week off for finals, hosts the University of San Francisco (27-25) in a non-conference contest, Tuesday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who are looking to regain momentum after dropping three games at Washington State, entertain a Dons squad who recently swept Portland in a home series at Benedetti Diamond.
Admission for the San Francisco-Cal game is free. The game can heard on KALX (90.7 FM) and viewed via Gametracker on calbears.com.
The Bears are currently tied for third place in the Pac-10 with an 11-10 mark alongside Washington State and Stanford, and trailing Arizona State (42-6, 15-5) and UCLA (37-11, 13-8).
A potential starter on the mound Tuesday for Cal is senior left-hander Chris Petrini, who is 1-0 with a 5.03 ERA this season and has 28 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. Petrini's best outing this year was an April 5, 2-0 shutout of Stanford, throwing a season-high 7.0 innings with four hits, three walks and a season-high seven strikeouts. He started in the Bears' 8-3 victory over USF March 23 at Benedetti Diamond, getting a no decision (4.2 innings, four hits, three runs, one walk, five strikeouts).
The Dons plan on starting sophomore left-hander Jordan Remer (1-2, 2.35 ERA, 21 strikeouts in 30.2 innings).
Cal is also third in the Pac-10 with a .329 team batting average. The Bears are second in the league in slugging percentage (.484); and third in runs (348), hits (526), triples (19) and RBI (310).
Individually, junior All-Pac-10 first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha is ranked in the Top-10 in the conference in eight offensive categories, including first in RBI (60), fourth in on-base percentage (.478) and sixth with eighth home runs. Canha is batting a team-best .365 (61-for-167) overall, and is hitting an impressive .372 against conference foes.
On the mound, Cal pitchers have notched seven shutouts this year and feature talented starters Erik Johnson, Justin Jones and Dixon Anderson. Johnson is 6-2 with a 3.48 ERA and has 64 strikeouts in 62.0 innings. The sophomore right-hander started the year without giving up an earned run in his first 19.0 innings.
Freshman left-hander Jones has been equally impressive with a 9-4 record (nine wins are second in the Pac-10) and a 3.76 ERA. He has 68 strikeouts (27 looking, sixth in the conference) in 88.2 innings (second in the Pac-10). Jones has been a part of two shutouts and has thrown two complete games this season.
Anderson is 4-2 with a 4.95 ERA and a save. He was recently named to the CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic team.
After hosting San Francisco Tuesday, Cal will host No. 10-ranked UCLA, May 21-23 in a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. Game time for the series is 2:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Games can be heard on KALX, 90.7 FM.