May 3, 2011
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. -Freshman left-hander Kyle Porter threw a career-high 5.0 innings (five hits, one run, one strikeout) in only his second collegiate start, improving his record to 4-0 and helping lead No. 21-ranked California to a 4-1 victory over Santa Clara Tuesday night at Schott Stadium. The Golden Bears; who also got RBI from Tony Renda, Mitch Delfino, Vince Bruno and Marcus Semien; improved to 27-14 overall. The Broncos fell to 15-26.
The Bears scored a run in the top of the third inning when freshman center fielder Louie Lechich had a one-out single through the right side of the infield. Lechich was advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by senior designated hitter Austin Booker. Lechich then scored on sophomore second baseman Renda's RBI single to left field.
Cal added another run in the fourth inning when sophomore third baseman Delfino hit a two-out double deep to left field and then scored on sophomore left fielder Vince Bruno's RBI single down the right field line.
Santa Clara came back with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Patrick Terry led off the inning with a single to right field off of Porter and ended up scoring on Matt Ozanne's RBI single past a diving Delfino.
The Bears tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on RBI singles by Delfino and junior shortstop Semien to take a 4-1 lead.
Junior right-hander Matt Flemer ended up earning his team-high fifth save of the season by pitching the ninth inning for Cal (one hit, no runs, one walk).
Cal will next travel to No. 3-ranked Oregon State for a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, May 6 at 5:35 p.m. at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.