Cal Baseball Defeats Stanford, 7-6, to Open Pac-10 Play

March 21, 2009

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The University of California baseball team - behind home runs from Brett Jackson and Dylan Tonneson, and stellar relief pitching from Michael Bugary and Blake Smith - defeated Bay Area rival Stanford, 7-6, Saturday in the Pac-10 opener at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved their record to 11-7 (1-0), while the Cardinal dropped to 3-9 (0-1). Cal also got strong hitting efforts from sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn (2-for-4, two RBI) and senior third baseman Michael Brady (2-for-3, two doubles, RBI).

The winning pitcher for Cal was junior left-hander Bugary, who entered the game in the seventh inning and pitched 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts to improve his record to 2-0 with a save and a 0.90 ERA (29 strikeouts in 20.0 innings). Smith earned his first save of the season, pitching the top of the ninth inning (one hit, one run, one walk, one strikeout) and striking out Jonathan Kaskow with the tying run on second base.

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