Cal Baseball Open Thread: Game 1 at Washington State

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via grfx.cstv.com

Time: 5:30 PM PDT
Radio: KALX 90.7 FM
Gametracker: CalBears.com

(Dixon Anderson, pictured above, has been named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic District 8 Baseball Team. Congrats Dixon!)

Our 18th ranked Golden Bears baseball team is riding a four game winning streak coming into Pullman, and now prepare for a crucial three game road trip with the Cougars. Win two or three and they remain in great shape to compete for the crown.

No. 18 California (Collegiate Baseball, 21st in Baseball America, 27-15, 11-7) is on a four-game winning streak, sweeping Oregon State (11-3, 14-4, 9-3) last weekend at Evans Diamond and winning 7-3 Tuesday at Sacramento State, entering its Pac-10 series at Washington State (22-17, 6-9). The Golden Bears' sweep of the Beavers was their third conference sweep of the year and puts Cal alone in second in the league standings behind No. 2-ranked Arizona State (39-5, 14-4). The Bears' success can be attributed to strong starting pitching and timely hitting throughout the line-up. The Bears' pitching staff has recorded seven shutouts, the most shutouts in a single season since 1966 (12). Cal's starting rotation - sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson (6-2, 3.07 ERA), freshman left-hander Justin Jones (9-3, 3.36 ERA, 2 CG) and sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson (4-1, 4.03 ERA) - have all been involved in at least one shutout this year. Add to that list junior right-hander Kevin Miller's gem (6.0 innings, four hits, no runs in 6-0 win) March 7 versus Arkansas that earned him Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors, and senior left-hander Chris Petrini's shutout effort April 5 versus Stanford (7.0 innings, four hits, three walks, seven strikeouts). Offensively, the Bears have a .328 team batting average and are hitting .356 with runners in scoring position. Cal is led by returning All-Pac-10 first baseman Mark Canha, who is hitting .365 with 11 doubles, six home runs and a Pac-10-leading 53 RBI. Other top hitters include sophomore catcher Chadd Krist (.352, 13-2B, 3-3B, 9-HR, 34 RBI) and freshman designated hitter Tony Renda (.345, 13-2B, 3-3B, 3-HR, 31 RBI). Renda was featured in the March 17 San Mateo Daily Journal (Renda feature), Krist in the March 25 Oakland Tribune (Krist feature), and Jones April 20 in The Daily Californian (Jones Daily Cal feature) and April 23 in the San Francisco Chronicle ( Jones S.F. Chronicle feature).

Listen to the game on the radio and/or follow the action on the Gametracker by clicking on the links above! GO BEARS!

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