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Cal baseball vs Washington Huskies

Time: 1 PM PDT
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The Bears did not have the bats going, and eventually our pitching succumbed to Husky hitting on Friday afternoon. Lots of errors and walks. Matt Kawahara has more.

It befit the Cal baseball team's Friday afternoon that Chadd Krist tripled with two outs in the ninth and Tony Renda struck out swinging behind him. The Bears had their eight-game winning streak snapped by Washington in a 7-3 loss in which they simply could not hit with runners in scoring position.

They stranded two men on base in each of the first four innings and finished 3-for-16 hitting with runners on either second or third.

"We could've gotten the momentum early in the game, it could have been a whole different story," outfielder Danny Oh said. "So it's tough."

Cal had been so good before Friday coming through with clutch hits (a .363 average with runners in scoring position) that it seemed like it would only be a matter of time before the Bears burned Huskies starter Geoff Brown for pitching himself into trouble. They ended up not driving a runner in from second base until the bottom of the seventh, when they were already down 6-1.

Justin Jones (7-2, 2.83 ERA) gets the start today. If some of you are in the area, there could be a significant CGB contingent around (well...Twist might be there. So if you want to meet Twist...). Come on by, sit back and root on your Bears!

Cal rugby vs UCLA in Marietta, Georgia

Time: 1 PM PDT
Online Stream:
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Cal rugby being streamed online! I'm soooo there.

Cal's quest to regain the cup begins Saturday in the Deep South (why it's in the Deep South is beyond me). Gabriel Baumgaertner of the Daily Cal has more.

So what does Cal need to do against UCLA on Saturday to advance to Sunday's round of eight?

Count on its whole team.

"We've got to put a team on the field against UCLA that's going to give us a win," Engelbrecht said. "And at the same time we need to rest players for the stronger team in either LSU or Penn State. It's a balancing act in assuring the win and resting players."

The Bears travel to Marietta, Ga., to take on the Bruins this Saturday at 1 p.m., and if they win, the winner of seventh-seeded Penn State and No. 10 seed LSU on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Cal should know what UCLA will bring. Coach Jack Clark's squad raced passed the Bruins 76-0 and 28-3 in shortened 40-minute games at the UCLA Tournament in January.

Listen to some baseball and feast on some online rugby. Sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Go Bears!