With March Madness and two basketball teams involved in post-season play what little baseball discussion we've had has focused on renewed hopes to save the baseball program. But with the program in limbo the Bears have been playing spectacular baseball of late. The Bears sport a record of 14-5, and those 5 losses have come by a combined total of 7 runs. The result is that Cal is ranked anywhere between 16th and 27th in the four major baseball polls listed on the NCAA's official site.
Yesterday (Spoiler alert!) junior Erik Johnson actually managed to lower his minuscule ERA to 1.06 by throwing 8 one hit shut-out innings in a 7-0 win over the Cougars. Tony Renda led the balanced offensive attack with three hits and two RBIs as the Bears bunched hits around WSU errors to earn the decisive victory.
If Cal sticks with their current rotation then Justin Jones (2-1, 3.44 ERA in 34 innings) will take the mound to try to extend their winning streak to five games. I'm assuming Washington St. will counter with James Wise (2-1, 3.38 ERA in 26.2 innings). In between innings, we'll also have open threads to discuss NCAA basketball and the Men's Swimming Championship. Go Bears!