Cal Baseball to Compete in Dante Benedetti Classic

March 30, 2009

BERKELEY, CALIF. - This Tuesday, March 31, the 2009 Cal baseball team will be competing in the fourth annual Dante Benedetti Classic against the University of San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. 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. Tickets for the game are available by going to www.usfdons.com.

Cal's next home game will be against the Long Beach State 49ers on Wednesday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears are currently 14-10 overall (3-3 in the Pac-10), and earlier this season defeated San Francisco (11-16), 8-6, March 4 at Evans Diamond. Cal also swept Long Beach State (10-12) this season (11-8, 9-6, 6-3), Feb. 27-March 1 in Long Beach.

Offensively, the Bears have been led by sophomore outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha, who is batting a team-leading .411 (3rd in Pac-10) with a team-best eight home runs (2nd in Pac-10) and 26 RBI (4th in Pac-10). Canha, who was the March 3 Pac-10 Player of the Week after the sweep of the 49ers, is first in the Pac-10 with 39 hits and is second in the league in total bases (68), third in slugging percentage (.716) and fourth with a .482 on-base percentage. He is currently on a 12-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 23 of 24 games this season.

Another hot hitter for Cal is sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn, who is second on the team with a .390 average (4th in Pac-10) and is also on a career-best 12-game hitting streak. Guinn is sixth in the Pac-10 with 24 runs scored and is fifth in the league with 32 hits.

The Bears lead the Pac-10 with a .314 team batting average and has a league-best 29 home runs.

On the mound, Cal has received some strong relief pitching from junior left-hander Michael Bugary, who is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA (3rd in Pac-10) and a save. Bugary also leads the Bears with 36 strikeouts (8th in Pac-10) in 25.0 innings. Cal is first in the Pac-10 with 79 strikeouts looking and nine saves.

Freshman Dixon Anderson (0-0, 3.00 ERA), who has 14 strikeouts in 15.0 innings (eight relief appearances) is scheduled to start for the Bears against San Francisco. The Dons has slated freshman right-hander Cameron Love (1-1, 3.80 ERA, 15 strikeouts in 23.2 innings) as their starter Tuesday.

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