Cal Baseball Hosts San Francisco Tuesday at Evans Diamond
March 2, 2009
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Weather permitting the University of California baseball team will host Bay Area opponent San Francisco on Tuesday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears are 6-2 overall and have won five straight games, including sweeping Long Beach State (11-8, 9-6, 6-3) last weekend in Long Beach. USF is 3-6 on the year after winning one of four games last week at UC Riverside.
The Bears' sweep at Long Beach State was the first road sweep for Cal since sweeping Long Beach State Feb. 18-20, 2005. The Bears swept the then No. 5-ranked 49ers last year at Evans Diamond (6-1, 10-6, 4-3) March 28-30.
Junior center fielder Brett Jackson, a first-team preseason All-American in Baseball America, currently leads Cal with a .429 average (15-for-35, 5th in Pac-10) with six doubles (1st in Pac-10) and five RBI. Freshman left fielder Danny Oh, who hit a two-run homer in his first college at-bat in Cal's 8-7 season-opening win over UC Riverside, is second on the team with a .423 average (7th in Pac-10) with a double, triple and a team-high eight RBI (7th in Pac-10).
The Bears have an impressive .324 team batting average (1st in the Pac-10) and 3.50 team ERA (3rd in the Pac-10). Freshman right-hander Erik Johnson has already recorded three saves (1st in Pac-10) in Cal's first eight games. Johnson also has earned a win and has seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings. In the Bears' six wins this season, six different pitchers have picked up the wins, with only one of the pitchers, freshman right-hander Matt Flemer, being the starting pitcher.
In the first two outings of his college career, Flemer earned a win and a save. He started his first collegiate game Feb. 25 at Santa Clara, pitching 6.2 innings with four hits, two runs, no walks and 13 strikeouts to earn the win. He gave a home run against the first batter he faced, but then retired 19 of the next 20 batters with 13 strikeouts. Flemer picked up a save March 1 at Long Beach State to secure the Bears' sweep of the 49ers. In Cal's 6-3 win, he threw the final 2.0 innings with no runs, no hits, no walks and three strikeouts. For the week, Flemer pitched 8.2 innings with four hits, two runs, no walks and 16 strikeouts.
Another hot hitter for the Bears is sophomore first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha, who was 9-for-20 (.450) last week in Cal's wins over Vanderbilt (4-3), at Santa Clara (12-2) and three-game sweep at Long Beach State. He added seven runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI. Canha also had a .850 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. On the year, he is batting .419 (8th in Pac-10) and has hit safely in all eight games with a .806 slugging percentage (4th in Pac-10) and a .455 on-base percentage.