SAN DIEGO - Junior right fielder Derek Campbell went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a three-run homer for a career-high five RBI, leading Cal baseball to an 8-5 victory over Baylor (5-3) Saturday (March 1) at the University of San Diego Tournament at Fowler Field.
With the win, the Golden Bears improved to 6-2 on the year. Junior reliever Dylan Nelson picked up the win (1-0, 2.1 innings, two hits), while senior right-hander Trevor Hildenberger earned his second save of the season, pitching the ninth inning with no hits and a strikeout.
David Esquer’s squad also got some solid relief pitching from sophomore right-hander Ryan Mason, who pitched the seventh and eighth inning, giving up two hits with no runs and a strikeout.
Cal got on the scoreboard first with four runs in the third inning on senior designated hitter Devon Rodriguez’s RBI single and Campbell’s three-run homer to left field off of Baylor starter Dillon Newman (5.0 innings, seven hits, four earned runs, four strikeouts).
Cal’s freshman right-hander Daulton Jefferies finally gave up an earned run after starting his Bear career throwing 16.0 shutout innings. In the fourth inning, Jefferies gave up a lead-off home run to Baylor’s Mitch Price. The Baylor Bears went on to score four more times in the fourth inning to take a 5-4 lead, scoring on an RBI ground out, a Cal error and a two-run double by Darryn Sheppard.
But Cal battled back with three runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-5 lead, highlighted by senior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp’s double, a bases loaded walk by Rodriguez and Campbell’s two-run double to right center field.
The Golden Bears added an insurance run in the eighth inning when sophomore center fielder Devin Pearson was hit by a pitch, stole second base, and scored on senior left fielder Vince Bruno’s single to left field that was bobbled by Baylor left fielder Sheppard.
“This was a nice team win against a quality opponent,” said Esquer. “We punched first with four runs, and Baylor punched us back. I was happy with how we responded to that. Ryan Mason and Trevor Hildenberger pitched well on the back end of the game for us.”
Cal will next play two games, weather permitting, Sunday, March 2 at the USD Tournament. The Bears are scheduled to play UNC Wilmington at 3 p.m. and host San Diego at 7 p.m. The Bears then have a single game scheduled against San Diego, Monday, March 3, at 3 p.m. at Fowler Field.