April 3, 2010
BERKELEY -The Cal baseball team utilized solid pitching and clutch hitting in securing a sweep of No. 18 Arizona, winning both games of a doubleheader, 8-0 and 4-3, Saturday (April 3) at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved their overall record to 16-10 overall, and more importantly, evened their Pac-10 record to 3-3. The Wildcats, who came into the series with a Pac-10 leading .372 team-batting average, dropped to 20-8 and 2-4 in league play. Cal had captured Friday's game, 7-2.
It was the Bears' first sweep on a Pac-10 foe since sweeping USC (4-3, 6-1, 6-3) May 19-21, 2007 at Evans Diamond.
In the Bears' 4-3 win, junior first baseman Mark Canha broke a 3-3 tie with a two-out RBI single up to right field in the seventh inning off Arizona reliever Joe Allison (2-1, 2.0 innings, three hits, one unearned run, one strikeout). With two outs, sophomore left fielder Danny Oh singled to Wildcat first baseman Rafael Valenzuela, who had made a nice stop of Oh's hit, but then threw the ball away to allow Oh to advance to second base. From there, Canha's hard-hit single scored Oh and allowed Canha to advance to third when it was bobbled by right fielder Steve Selsky.
Sophomore reliever Matt Flemer earned the win after replacing sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson (6.0 innings, five hits, two earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts). Flemer picked up his first win of the season throwing the final 3.0 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts.
Cal had comeback from a 2-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the fifth inning on a lead-off homer by freshman right fielder Jimmy Bosco and a two-run single up the middle by Canha, who finished the second game 2-for-4 with three RBI.
In game one Saturday, the Bears recorded their seventh shutout of the season, which ties the school record for single-season shutouts with the 1978 squad. Freshman left-hander Justin Jones was brilliant, throwing 8.0 innings with four hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. Jones is now 6-2 on the year and leads the Pac-10 in innings pitched (55.2).
Senior right-hander Daniel Wolford closed the game in the ninth (1.0 inning, one hit). Big hitters in the first game for the Bears included freshman designated hitter Tony Renda who went 2-for-2 with two doubles, junior second baseman Brian Guinn with two hits, and Bosco and sophomore center fielder Chan Bunting with two RBI apiece.
"I think our strong starting pitching and our solid defense allowed our offense to get its big hits," said Cal coach David Esquer. "The strong starts on the mound served us well and was a key this weekend."
Cal will host Bay Area rival Stanford in a non-conference game on Monday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond, before travelling to USC, April 9-11, for a three-game conference series at Dedeaux Field.
Home Runs Game One:
Arizona: None. Cal: None.
Home Runs Game Two:
Cal: Bosco, solo home run in the fifth inning.