California Golden Bears (3-0 • 0-0 Pac-12)
No. 11 Stanford Cardinal (1-2 • 0-0 Pac-12)
Feb. 20 • 5:00 p.m. (PT) [NEW TIME]
Video: Pac-12 Digital
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After three dramatic home games, the Bears will attempt to win a game where a walk off is not a possibility. Furd opened the season with 3 road games at Rice (who took 2 out of 3 against Furd) and will make their home debut tonight. Interestingly, the Bears will also get to face Rice once (on March 4th) at the conclusion of the current string of road games (UC Irvine this weekend, a tournament at Houston next weekend).
With this game being a mid-week game, it is tough to tell whether the squad will use their ace (generally saved for the Friday game) or their 4th starters. The walk off wins (including two in extra innings) showed that this year's team has already demonstrated plenty of grit (although the pitching staff may have been taxed already).
Last year, the Bears had a memorable 18 inning victory over Furd (from Furd's gamenote):
The programs split four regular-season meetings in 2012, though the Bears got the best of the three-game Pac-12 series.
• Stanford struck gold with a 19-6 non-conference meeting. Cal answered with a 5-4 victory to open the conference set when the two teams battled for 18 innings until the outcome was decided. The late-May marathon was believed to be one of the longest games in either program's history, as the 18 innings spanned five hours and 58 minutes. The game saw 125 at-bats and 569 pitches.
• After going 0-for-7 prior to his 18th inning, Cal's Tony Renda delivered the game-winning single against Stanford RHP Dean McArdle.
I surely remember listening to that 18 inning game on KALX. Given how KALX is not doing the game tonight, we would have to sit through the probably biased and clearly inferior Stanfurd student radio call of the game.
[UPDATE]: Apparently there is a video link [thanks evans hall escapee!]. It has been added above.