BERKELEY – Cal freshman right-hander Daulton Jefferies has started out his college career in impressive fashion, earning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors after shutting out No. 18 Texas in his Golden Bear debut last Friday (Feb. 14) at Evans Diamond.
The newcomer from Atwater, Calif. (Buhach Colony High School), was spectacular in his first collegiate game, shutting out the Longhorns in 6.0 innings of work en route to a 7-0 Cal opening-day win. He allowed just six hits and one walk while collecting four strikeouts in his first-career win.
Golden Bear pitchers have won the award 31 times overall. Jefferies is the first true freshman to start a season’s opening game for coach David Esquer, who has been guiding Cal baseball since 2000.
“It was a great opening night by a freshman pitcher,” said Esquer. “We couldn’t have asked for a better performance by Daulton against one of the top programs in the nation. He was as composed as any young pitcher I have ever seen. We knew he was capable, but you never know how a young player is going to react in his first game.”
The Bears will next travel to the Tiger Classic in Auburn, Ala., opening against East Tennessee State on Friday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time). Jefferies is slated to start on the mound versus the Buccaneers.