After Friday's 18 inning thriller, the Bears didn't mess around Saturday: They clobbered Stanford. 15 runs, 26 base runners, runs scored in five different innings . . . it was a wipe out. Stanford's worst defeat so far this year was a five run loss to Oregon. Now it's a ten run loss to Cal.
Cal's win moved their RPI up to 60 and the tiniest flicker of post-season hopes remain. I'm still of the opinion that Cal needs to win this afternoon and even then I won't watch the selection show with much optimism. But after getting swept by Arizona and losing the first two games against UCLA, any minuscule hope at all is more than I anticipated.
If we're serious about Cal making the tourney we should keep an eye on Washington's final game against Washington St. Cal and UW have nearly identical RPIs and records, and the Huskies are presumably one of our competitors for that final spot. So go Cougars!
Justin Jones is pitching for Cal today after throwing an inning in relief on Friday. I think Stephen Piscotty is starting for Stanford - at least, he started last Sunday against Utah, and he's just about the only pitcher left on Stanford's roster that hasn't thrown yet in this insane little series.
Win or lose, playoffs or not, this has been a spectacular series for the Bears. If they can finish off a sweep of Stanford at Sunken Diamond that would be one of the most impressive feats any Cal baseball team has accomplished. Has it even ever happened before?