This will be the Hogs 1st ever trip to Berkeley, CA. Hell, it’ll be the 1st time any SEC team has traveled to play a series in Berkeley. The series record is tied 2-2. Cal defeated the Razorbacks 7-1 in the 1980 NCAA Midwest Regional in Tulsa, Okla. We took 2 of 3 from them @ Baum Stadium last year.
The Razorback rotation against Cal is expected to feature Mike Bolsinger, Drew Smyly and Brett Eibner. Both teams sport a 6-1 record coming into this weekend. Cal started out their season opening series outscoring Southern Utah 46-0. Cal followed up that performance by getting blanked by UC Davis 8-0. The Bears went 3-0 in the ever so prestigeous CS Bakersfield Tournament against such notable powerhouses Central Michigan, St. Mary’s, and CS Bakersfield.
Cal will be led by the impressive starting pitching rotation of sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14 Ks in 13 innings), freshman left-hander Justin Jones (2-0, 1.29 ERA, 19 Ks in 14 innings) and sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 15 Ks in 14 innings). The trio has combined for a 6-0 record with 48 strikeouts in 41.0 innings and a 0.44 ERA this season.
Offensively, the Bears have been led by the hitting prowess of sophomore catcher Chadd Krist, who is leading the Pac-10 with a .577 average (15-for-26) with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBI. Cal also features sophomore left fielder Danny Oh, batting .452 with three doubles and a team-high 11 RBI, returning junior All-Pac-10 first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha and junior second baseman Brian Guinn. Last season, Canha led the team with a .366 average, 12 home runs and 43 RBI, while Guinn, hitting .364 this year, is a .321 career hitter. Also bolstering the Bears is the play is sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien (.500) and freshmen starters Tony Renda (3B .407), Devin Rodriguez (DH .381), Jimmy Bosco (RF .375) and Darrel Matthews (CF .333). Overall, Cal is leading the Pac-10 in both team ERA (1.60) and team batting average (.404).
Cal’s projected starting line-up:
No. Pos. Player 2010 stats
6 2B Brian Guinn, Jr. .364, 4 RBI, 0 HR
19 LF Danny Oh, So. .452, 11 RBI, 0 HR
14 3B Tony Renda, Fr. .407, 2 RBI, 0 HR
5 1B Mark Canha, Jr. .318, 8 RBI, 0 HR
27 C Chadd Krist, So. .577, 10 RBI, 3 HR
33 DH Devin Rodriguez, Fr. .381, 7 RBI, 1 HR
25 RF Jimmy Bosco, Fr. .375, 3 RBI, 0 HR
15 SS Marcus Semien, So. .500, 2 RBI, 0 HR
2 CF Darrel Matthews, Fr. .333, 6 RBI, 0 HR
Game 1 Recap from Cal’s official site:
BERKELEY, CALIF. – The California baseball team kept No. 17 ranked Arkansas (7-1) at bay for most of the afternoon before giving up five runs in the eighth inning to fall to the Razorbacks, 7-3, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears (6-2) had owned a 3-2 lead after seven innings behind freshman right fielder Jimmy Bosco’s first collegiate homer in the second inning, and unearned runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Cal freshman left-hander Justin Jones had limited Arkansas, a 2009 College World Series participant, to only two runs through seven innings before yielding four consecutive hits to begin the eighth inning. The Razorbacks’ Zack Cox gave his squad a 4-3 lead with a two-run single up the middle off Jones (2-1, 7.0 innings, eight hits, six runs, three walks, three strikeouts). James McCann then put the contest away when he followed Cox’s hit with a three-run homer off Bear senior right-handerDaniel Wolford.
The winning pitcher for Arkansas was senior right-hander Mike Bolsinger (2-0, 7.0 innings, six hits, three runs, one earned run, no walks, six strikeouts). Freshman closer DJ Baxendale earned his third save of the season by pitching the final 1.2 innings (no hits, no runs).
Bolsinger’s errors almost cost him the game. After Bosco’s home run in the second inning, the Razorbacks came back with a run in the fourth inning on Andy Wilkin’s solo home run to left field. Arkansas then took a 2-1 lead with a run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Collin Kuhn. However, Cal ended up taking back the lead by scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bolsinger threw wildly on a pick-off attempt, and an unearned run in the sixth inning when he threw wildly on a ball hit by Danny Oh. Oh later scored from third base on Mark Canha’s RBI ground out to give the Bears a 3-2 advantage.
Game 2 Recap from ArkansasRazorbacks.com
BERKELEY, Calif. - Tim Carver hit two home runs-the first long shots of his career-and drove in four to help the No. 15 University of Arkansas baseball team to a 9-5 win over California Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The victory runs the Razorbacks’ winning streak to seven games, the club’s longest since the 2006 season. Zack Cox was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Drew Smyly worked five innings with seven strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season.
While Carver collected his first home runs, Andy Wilkins hit the 32nd of his Razorback career, a solo shot in the fifth inning. With his home run, Wilkins ties Troy Eklund (1986-89) for 10th place on Arkansas’ all-time home run list.
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