June 11, 2011; Santa Clara, CA, USA; California Golden Bears pitcher Justin Jones (23) delivers a pitch during the first inning of game one of the super regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament against the Dallas Baptist Patriots at the Stephen Schott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Cal Vs. USF: Golden Bears Decimate Lehigh In Three Straight Wins

The California Golden Bears are hoping to make good on their early-season Top 25 ranking. They'll have plenty to prove throughout 2012 and we'll keep you updated along the way.

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No. 25 Cal Vs. Lehigh Baseball: Golden Bears Outscore Visitors 37-6 In Three-Game Sweep

The No. 25 California Golden Bears baseball team welcomed the Lehigh Mountain Hawks over the weekend and showed their hospitality by absolutely stomping on the visitors in three lopsided games in Berkeley. The Bears now hold a record of 8-2 on the season.

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The series kicked off on Saturday with a 9-3 Golden Bears win. Second baseman Tony Renda, catcher Chadd Krist and shortstop Derek Campbell had three hits each in the win. Krist, in particular, will just not stop hitting doubles. His two-RBI double in the seventh inning was his fourth of the season and 50th of his career, moving him into a fifth-place tie for most Cal doubles all-time. Left-handed ace Justin Jones improved to 2-1 by pitching seven innings of four-hit baseball. Jones struck out three and walked none. The win, his 21st, ties him for sixth on the all-time Cal wins list.

On Sunday, the teams played a double-header that went even worse for Lehigh. Cal picked up a total of 27 hits as they defeated the Mountain Hawks 10-0 and 18-3. The opener featured another solid start, as Matt Flemer tossed seven inning with just three hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. His record now stands at 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA and three walks in 22.0 innings.

The nightcap saw sophomore left-handed starter Kyle Porter making his season debut. He only worked the first inning, but gave up no hits and one walk while recording one strikeout. Freshman shortstop Andrew Farney had a double and three RBI.

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Cal Vs. USF: Golden Bears Hold Strong For 5-3 Victory At Evans Diamond

No. 25-ranked Cal Golden Bears baseball team used some great pitching and opportunistic offense on Tuesday eventually wrapping up a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Dons at Evans Diamond.

Senior Chad Bunting, sophomore Andrew Knapp and junior Mitch Delfino all had RBI doubles, scoring three runs in the first two innings off of USF starter Jordan Remer (1-1) pitching only 1.2 innings, with two hits, three runs, two walks, and two strikeouts. .

Senior right-hander Joey Donofrio picked up his first collegiate victory in relief for the Golden Bears, while sophomore Trevor Hildenberger picked up his first collegiate save with the final two outs in the top of the ninth inning.

The Golden Bears improved to 5-2 on the season, while the Dons dropped to 5-3.

Up next for Cal are the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, who come to Berkeley for a three game set at Evans Diamond. Series starts Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m., then a doubleheader on Sunday, March 4 beginning at 11 a.m. and again at 2:30.

For more on the Golden Bears, check out California Golden Blogs.


Cal Baseball Vs. San Francisco Preview

Cal baseball didn't have a good week in Long Beach. Can they reverse the trend when they go back and play at home in Evans Diamond?

Cal dropped two of three to fall to 4-2 on the season, although they still remain in the top 25 (barely, ranked 25th overall). They get a great chance to rebound when they play the San Francisco Dons today at 1:30 p.m. local time. It'll be a one game deal before Cal hosts Lehigh in a three game series later on.

Cal will put freshman Keaton Siomkin on the mound. Siomkin is a 5'11" 200 pound freshman from Ladera Ranch who will be making his first ever start on the collegiate level. San Francisco pitcher Jordan Remer will get the start. USF just came off a big three game sweep over Missouri.

To talk Cal baseball with fans of the Golden Bears, go to the California Golden Blogs.


Cal Vs. Long Beach: Justin Jones And Golden Bears Drop Two Of Three Games To 49ers

The No. 20 California Golden Bears hit the road over the weekend to take on the Long Beach 49ers. The series was a hard-fought affair for the Golden Bears, who saw the last two games go to extra innings. Cal ended up dropping two of three games to bring their record to 4-2 through their first two series of the 2012 college baseball season.

The first game, on Friday, was the only lopsided game of the series. Cal dropped the opener by a final score of 7-4. Ace Justin Jones had a shaky start on Friday, only going 3.0 innings, with four runs, three hits and a strikeout. Right fielder Danny Oh got the Bears within a run in the sixth inning, when his two-run homer made the score 5-4 in favor of the home team, but the 49ers would tack on two runs and hold on for the win. Jones ended up taking the loss to bring his record to 1-1.

On Saturday, Cal pulled off a tight 2-1 win in 10 innings. DH Vince Bruno led off the top of the tenth with a triple and came in to score the eventual winning run on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Chad Bunting. Logan Scott improved to 2-0 by picking up the win with 3.0 IP, one hit, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts.

Sunday's rubber match also ended in a final score of 2-1 but the 49ers were able to emerge victorious and take the series. Long Beach scored both of its runs in the second inning, when Cal starter Michael Theofanopoulos threw a wild pitched that allowed Juan Avila to score, and then gave up an RBI single to right field that scored Jonathan Kim. Theofanopoulos only allowed two hits in 7.0 innings but picked up the loss to put his record at 0-1.

The Bears will return home next to host the San Francisco Dons on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Golden Bears, head over to California Golden Blogs.


Cal Vs. Long Beach State Preview: Golden Bears Head South For Three Game Set With 49ers

The No. 20-ranked Cal Golden Bears baseball team hits the road for their first road trip of the 2012 season as they travel to Long Beach State for a three-game series at Blair Field.

Cal opened their 2012 campaign with a sweep Pacific (9-1, 6-3, 8-3) in a home-away-home series last weekend, outscoring the Tigers, 24-7, but now head South to face a dangerous 49ers team out to make some waves of their own. Cal has a 34-27 all-time record versus Long Beach State, winning last year's meeting, 6-1, March 13, 2011 during the Cal Baseball Classic at AT&T Park.

Fri., Feb. 24 at Long Beach State Blair Field, Long Beach, Calif. 6:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 25 at Long Beach State Blair Field, Long Beach, Calif. 5:30 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 26 at Long Beach State Blair Field, Long Beach, Calif. 1:00 p.m.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Golden Bears, head over to California Golden Blogs.


Cal Vs. Pacific: Justin Jones Returns, Helps Golden Bears Sweep Opening Series Of 2012 Baseball Season

The California Golden Bears opened up their 2012 baseball season over the weekend and got the year started on the right foot. The Bears easily swept their opponent, Pacific, in three lopsided games.

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