March 30, 2010
BERKELEY - Cal freshman right fielder Jimmy Bosco broke a 5-5 tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to help lead the Golden Bears to an 8-5 victory over visiting Fresno State Tuesday, March 30 at Evans Diamond. Cal, which pounded out 16 hits off eight different Bulldog pitchers, improved to 13-10 overall, while Fresno State dropped to 13-12. Freshman left-hander Justin Jones (5-2) picked up the win in relief for the Bears and sophomore right-hander Matt Flemer earned his first save of the year.
Jones, who leads the Pac-10 in appearances (41), came in in the seventh inning and went 1.2 innings with three hits, two runs and a strikeout. He had replaced Kevin Miller, who gave up two hits and a run in relief of senior left-hander Chris Petrini (6.1 innings, five hits, two runs, two walks, four strikeouts). Flemer was solid in relief in the top of the ninth by not yielding a hit and striking out a batter.
The Bears opened the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning off Fresno State starter Charlie Robertson (3.0 innings, eight hits, three runs, one walk, two strikeouts). Junior second baseman Brian Guinn started off with a single up the middle and later scored on junior first baseman Mark Canha's RBI single to right field. Sophomore catcher Chadd Krist followed with a single to advance Canha to third where he scored on freshman designated hitter Tony Renda's single to left.
After the Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the second inning on Daniel Moultrie's double, Cal added another run in the third inning on an RBI single by Krist. The Bears added a run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by freshman third baseman Mitch Delfino to increase their lead to 4-1.
But Fresno State came back again with two runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Danny Muno. Cal was able to answer with a run in the bottom of the seventh on pinch-hitter Chad Bunting's clutch RBI single to left field. Yet again the Bulldogs came back, this time behind a two-run triple by Steve Detwiler that got by a diving Bosco in right field to make the score, 5-5.
However, Bosco was able to recover to provide Cal with the go-ahead runs when he got a single off Fresno State reliever Derek Benny. The Bears added an insurance run on sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien's RBI sacrifice bunt.
Bosco finished with two RBI on the day, while Krist and Renda finished with three hits apiece. With Canha's RBI single in the first inning he has now hit safely in his last 14 games.
The Bears next return to Pac-10 play when they host the No. 18-ranked Arizona Wildcats, Thursday, April 1-Saturday, April 3 at Evans Diamond. Thursday and Friday's games begin at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday's game starts at 12 p.m.
Fresno State: None.