Feb. 17, 2013
BERKELEY -Freshman left fielder Brian Celsi knocked a base hit through the right side of the infield in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring freshman pinch runner Sean Peters and giving Cal baseball a 2-1 victory over Michigan Sunday (Feb. 17) in the final game of the three-game series at Evans Diamond. With the win, the Golden Bears swept the Wolverines to start the 2013 campaign 3-0.
David Esquer's squad had defeated Michigan, 5-4 in 11 innings on Friday and 6-5 in 10 innings on Saturday before concluding the series by winning in the bottom of the ninth Sunday on Celsi's one-out single off of Wolverine reliever Jay Perry.
Cal had started off the ninth inning Sunday with sophomore pinch hitter Brenden Farney walking, followed by a sacrifice bunt by freshman first baseman Mitchell Kranson and a walk to freshman right fielder Devin Pearson. Junior second baseman Mike Reuvekamp was then intentionally walked to load the bases and set up Celsi's game-winner.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was senior right-hander Logan Scott, who threw the top of the ninth inning, allowing two hits with no runs, and striking out one. The losing pitcher was Michigan reliever Alex Lakatos (0.2 innings, no hits, one run, two walks).
The game started off as a pitching dual between Cal's junior left-hander Michael Theofanopoulos (5.0 innings, three hits, no runs, three walks, three strikeouts) and the Wolverines' freshman left-hander Evan Hill (7.0 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, three strikeouts). The Bears finally opened the scoring in the sixth inning on junior center fielder Derek Campbell's home run to left field off of Hill.
Michigan came back to tie the contest in the top of the eighth inning when Michael O'Neill scored on a throwing error at first base by Cal catcher Andrew Knapp on a potential double play ball. However, freshman reliever Ryan Mason was able to limit the Wolverines to only one run in the eighth, setting up Scott's scoreless top of the ninth inning and Celsi's winning hit in the bottom of the ninth.
Campbell paced the Bears with two hits on the day, including his second career homer.
"We couldn't have asked for three better games to test ourselves," said Cal coach David Esquer. "Michigan is a quality opponent and pushed us every time. We played good defense, our bullpen was outstanding and we got some clutch hits. All we need to do is to clean up our starting pitching a little bit and we'll be in good shape. It was a good weekend for us."
The Bears will next get tested at No. 9-ranked Stanford, Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Sunken Diamond. Last season, Cal concluded its schedule defeating the Cardinal two of three games at Sunken Diamond, including winning 5-4 in 18 innings on May 25, 2012 - the longest game in Cal baseball history.