April 19, 2011
Center fielder Darrel Matthews laced a triple down the right field line to plate a pair of runs in No. 15 California Golden Bears' 4-1 victory over the Davis Aggies Tuesday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Kevin Miller earned his fifth win of the year, coming on in relief.
The Bears and Aggies were scoreless through the first six innings with a pair of stellar pitching performances from the two starters. Cal's Logan Scott worked five innings, scattering seven hits, striking out four while the Bears could only manage three hits in six innings against Davis starter Harry Stanwyck.
"We needed a big start," said head coach David Esquer of Scott's performance. "We knew we would only have Miller for a short burst. Logan gave us exactly what we wanted. We just couldn't get anything going and get him a lead."
Davis scored the first run of the game in the top of the seventh when their catcher Scott Kalush hit a solo home run off senior right-hander Kevin Miller to put the Aggies up 1-0.
Cal loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, scoring one run after sophomore first baseman Devon Rodriguez drew a walk. They plated a second run on a fielders choice, leaving runners at the corners with two outs. Sophomore center fielder Darrel Matthews smoked a 1-2 pitch down the right field line, clearing the bases to plate two runs as he legged the hit into a triple.
"Darrel is dangerous," Esquer said. "He has had some big hits for us. He is fearless with the bat. In a big spot, he is really dangerous against good pitching. He's not looking for a perfect pitch. He is looking for a good pitch to get his swing off on. He's come up clutch for us a number of times."
Cal led 4-1 heading into the ninth. Davis had runners on second and third with one out but Miller got a strikeout and an easy pop to right field to secure the victory.
Miller got the win, improving to 5-2 on the season. He worked four innings, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out two.
Junior catcher Chadd Krist extended his hitting streak to six games, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Sophomore second baseman Tony Renda also extended his hitting streak to six games, going 1-for-3. Senior left fielder Austin Booker had his hitting streak of 12 games snapped when he smoked a line drive that looked to be a sure hit right at the second baseman. Booker went 0-for-3 in the game. Matthews triple was his fourth of the season, the most of any player in the Pac-10.
The Bears improve to 24-9 with Davis falling to 8-22.
The Bears will take their five-game win streak into a weekend series against the No. 9 Arizona State Sun Devils. The two teams play a three-game set at Evans Diamond this weekend, Thursday through Saturday, April 21-23.