Cal's Saturday afternoon victory over Washington turned out to be pretty similar to their Friday win, but this time the Bears decided to score their runs early in the game rather than late, sparing Cal fans from unnecessary drama. Justin Jones had a rough first inning highlighted by the only walk and only extra base hit he allowed in his first eight innings of work. The inning ended 2-0 in favor of Washington - it would be all Cal the rest of the way.
The Bears didn't wait long to turn the momentum in their favor. With one out Mitch Delfino walked, and the next four batters all singled to score two runs and load the bases. After Marcus Semien lined out Tony Renda got the big hit, clearing the bases with a double to the wall. As it turned out, that was the game winning hit. Renda, Chadd Krist and Devin Rodriguez would all add RBIs for insurance runs later in the game.
It won the game because Justin Jones controlled Washington the rest of the way. He scattered a few hits and eliminated any UW threats by coaxing three double play grounders. He was so good that David Esquer gave him a chance to finish what he started. Unfortunately, Jones was running on empty and loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch and two walks. But Matt Flemer pitched like nobody was on base. A foul pop-up, strike out and line out ended the game quickly.
It's Dixon Anderson (3-1, 3.54) vs. an as-yet-unnamed UW starter as Cal goes for a road sweep that would give them all kinds of momentum going in to the much tougher portion of their schedule. Go Bears!