Feb. 19, 2012
BERKELEY -No. 22-ranked Cal broke open a 3-3 game with six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning -highlighted by RBI hits from Derek Campbell, Darrel Matthews, Chadd Krist and Andrew Knapp - on the way to a 9-3 win over Pacific Sunday (Feb. 19) at Evans Diamond. With the victory, the Golden Bears swept the series from the Tigers, winning 9-1 on Friday in Berkeley and 6-3 Saturday in Stockton as well.
Junior right-hander Logan Scott (1-0, 1.0 inning, two hits, one run, one strikeout) got Sunday's win for Cal despite giving up the tying run in the top of the eighth inning on Pacific's Tyler Sullivan's pinch-hit RBI single. But the Bears exploded for the six runs off of the Tigers' relievers John Prato Matthews, Kyle Shaver and Paul Moeller. In the eighth, sophomore shortstop Campbell had the tie-breaking RBI single, junior left fielder Matthews had a two-run triple, Krist had an RBI double to left center field and Knapp had a two-run single to center field.
Krist's double was his third of the season and the 49th of his career, moving him up to a tie for sixth on the Cal career list with Reid Neumann (1989-92), who was a left fielder on the Bears' 1992 College World Series team. Krist also led Cal with three hits on the day (3-for-5), while Campbell and Matthews had two hits apiece. Krist led the Pac-10 last season with 27 doubles.
Sophomore left-hander Michael Theofanopoulos made his first collegiate start on the mound, going 5.0 innings with three hits, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts.
Krist gave the Bears their first run of the game with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the first inning. Cal added two runs in the fifth inning on junior Paul Toboni's sacrifice fly to right field, and Krist's RBI single to right center field.
"Our contests against Pacific were three tough ballgames," said Cal coach David Esquer, the 2011 National Coach of the Year. "It was really good for our team because we had to execute. Even though the scores might not have looked like it, they were not easy ballgames. I was please how our team played. Our bullpen is still a work progress, but there were a lot of positive signs and it was a good start. I think our offense will continue to get better. We needed to calm down a little and produce in some spots, but overall it was a good series."
The Bears will next travel to Long Beach State for a three game series, Feb. 24-26. Game times are 6:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. at Blair Field in Long Beach.