No. 7 Cal Baseball Loses 5-1 to USF at Dante Benedetti Classic
April 1, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - The No. 7-ranked California baseball team fell behind 5-0 in the first inning and was not able to recover, losing, 5-1, to the University of San Francisco Tuesday in the Dante Benedetti Classic, held at AT&T Park. The Golden Bears fell to 18-6-1 overall and the Dons improved to 17-11. Earlier this season, Cal had defeated USF, 6-2, Mar. 11 at Evans Diamond.
The Bears had a disastrous bottom of the first inning as starting pitcher Chris Petrini (2-2, 0.1 inning, four hits, five runs, four earned runs, one walk) struggled, giving up four straight singles with one out, hitting a batter and walking a batter. An error on a potential double play by shortstop Michael Brady also extended the inning as Cal gave up five runs.
Offensively the Bears struggled against San Francisco's junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson, who improved his record to 3-2 by throwing 7.0 innings with four hits, no runs, four walks and a career-high 13 strikeouts.
A bright spot for Cal was its relief pitching that shut out the Dons after the first inning. Freshman right-hander Stephen Pistoresi did a nice job of getting the final two outs of the bottom of the first inning and went on to throw a season-high 5.0 innings with four hits, no runs, no walks and four strikeouts. From there, sophomore left-hander Mike Cassady got out of the sixth inning with a runner on third by striking out Joey Railey and getting Zach Kim to ground out. Redshirt freshman right-hander Brian Diemer (0.2 inning, no hit, one strikeout), in his first collegiate outing, and senior right-hander Nick Nunez (1.0 inning, one strikeout), also threw well.
Sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson led the Bears at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double. Cal got its lone run in the top of the ninth when Tonneson had a one-out double to left-center field, advanced to third on freshman left fielder Mark Canha's single to right, and freshman shortstop Brian Guinn's sacrifice fly to center.
Tuesday night's game was the third annual Dante Benedetti Classic. The Benedetti Classic celebrates the legacy of a giant in San Francisco youth and collegiate baseball. Benedetti, who coached USF baseball for 22 years (1962-80), passed away in 2005 at the age of 86.
The Bears will next host Fresno State on Wednesday, Apr. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears then continue their busy week when they host two-time defending NCAA champions Oregon State in a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond, beginning on Friday, Apr. 4 at 2:30 p.m.
San Francisco: None.