Jan. 31, 1997

Bears Roll by 'Bows

HONOLULU -- Cal center fielder Curtis Johnson went 2-for-4, knocked in four and homered, as the California Golden Bears smashed out 16 hits in defeating the Hawaii Rainbows, 11-3.

Shortstop Brian Oliver collected four hits and first baseman John Furstenthal had three as the Bears (2-1) scored in every inning after the third, except for one.

Although Bears' starter Jim Vorhis was lifted after three innings, his relief was absolutely superb. Brad Steele (1-0) and Doug Nickle combined for six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk.

Hawaii starter Robby Robinson was effective through five, but Dusty Bergman (0-1) didn't have the same fate, being tagged with six runs in three innings.

Greg Millichap went 2-for-3 and had an RBI for the Rainbows (1-8).

Cal goes for a sweep in the three-game series on Saturday.

California 000 124 022 - 11 16 2 Hawaii 021 000 000 - 3 7 0 Vorhis, Steele (4), Nickle (6) and Hill. Robinson, Bergman (6), Konishi (9) and Medeiros, Perreira. WP - Steele (1-0), LP - Bergman (0-2). S - Nickle (1). HR: H - C. Johnson. Notable: C. Johnson (C) 2-4, 4 RBIs, Oliver (C) 4-5, RBI.