After scoring four runs or less in six of the last seven games Cal's offense awoke with a vengeance yesterday in a 13-3 win. Mark Canha, Chad Krist and Devin Rodriguez all went deep, Tony Renda added two doubles, and the Cal lineup unleashed two weeks of frustration on Oregon's pitching staff. The Cal defense even contributed to the victory, turning three double plays to help Dixon Anderson and Kevin Miller escape trouble throughout the game. The offensive outburst allowed for some rest for Cal's pitchers as well - Anderson only had to throw five innings, and long reliever/spot starter Miller pitched the rest of the way.
Zack Thornton (3.23 ERA) will be on the mound for the Ducks. Erik Johnson (3.52) is the presumed starter for Cal despite pitching two innings in relief on Friday. It's possible that David Esquer could call on Chris Petrini (seven starts on the year) but my guess is that Cal's best starter will take the mound because Cal can't be 100% confident with their post-season chances. Yahoo Rival's Kendall Rogers thinks that Cal earned a spot with yesterday's win, but a road sweep to end the regular season would make everybody feel that much more confident.