SAN DIEGO - Cal baseball went undefeated at the University of San Diego Tournament, defeating the host Toreros, 5-2, in the Golden Bears' second game Monday (March 3) after earlier in the day topping Baylor, 5-3. David Esquers' squad - which exploded for five runs in the third inning against San Diego on a two run double by Devin Pearson and RBI singles from Devon Rodriguez, Derek Campbell and Nick Halamandaris off former Cal player Louie Lechich - is now 8-2 overall and have won six straight games. The Toreros fell to 8-2.
Between rainouts Friday and Sunday, the Bears had defeated Baylor, 8-5, on Saturday.
The winning pitcher for the Bears against San Diego was senior left-hander Kyle Porter (1-0), who threw 5.1 innings with six hits, one run, one walk and three strikeouts. Freshman right-hander Lucas Erceg earned his first career save by forcing a double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Versus the Baylor Bears, the Bears were led by junior second baseman Brenden Farney and sophomore catcher Mitchell Kranson with two RBI apiece, while junior third baseman Chris Paul (two doubles) and sophomore first baseman Nick Halamandaris had two hits apiece.
On the mound versus Baylor, sophomore right-hander Ryan Mason picked up his second win in relief, coming in in the sixth inning and throwing 2.0 innings with four hits, one run, no walks and a strikeout. Senior right-hander Trevor Hildenberger earned his third save of the year, pitching the final 1.1 innings with one hit, no runs and one strikeout.
“These were two big wins on the road for our second tourney title of the year (Cal had gone 3-0 Feb. 21-23 at Auburn Tiger Classic),” said Esquer. “These games in San Diego had the feeling of an NCAA Tournament with rainouts and schedule changes. I am proud of our guys for coming out with energy right to the end. A lot of credit goes to our bullpen, who passed the baton to the next guy and the next guy came through.”
Cal is next scheduled to host Bay Area rival Stanford in a non-conference Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The game will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.