The Bears are 4 games below 0.500 right now, with 9 of the last 14 games against currently ranked teams. While the road to get to 0.500 is tough, should the Bears get there, they should have beat enough good teams to deserve post season consideration.
In this past week, the Bears hosted the Washington State Cougars for 3 games. Here is a glance at the current Pac-12 Baseball standings.
Pac-12 Baseball Standings:
The Bears were successful last weekend in stopping an 8 game losing streak that had dropped them toward the bottom of the conference. Between the 3 games against Wazzu and the midweek game against No.23 Cal Poly (all at the friendly confines of Evans Diamond), the Bears was able to go 2-2. While playing just 0.500 ball is not good for the rest of the season, it is surely a lot more fun than losing 0-4 like the previous two weeks.
Friday 4.19.2013: Cal 4, Washington State 2
Coach David Esquer got his 400th win. Righty freshman Ryan Mason (6 IP, 1 runs allowed) continues to be the most dependable pitcher for the Bears this year. 2B Brenden Farney got a two run double while DH Devon Rodriguez hit a two run homer for the Bears.
Saturday 4.20.2013: Cal 6, Washington State 7
Tied going to the top of the 9th, Wazzu managed to scrap out a run. Bears had a chance to tie or win in the bottom of the 9th, but DH Devon Rodriguez couldn't repeat his heroic from the night before and grounded into a double play with two on.
Sunday 4.21.2013: Cal 2, Washington State 1
Bears entered the bottom of the 9th trailing 1-0 and facing another Pac-12 series loss. With two runs, the Bears got their 5th walk off win of the year. SS Mike Reuvekamp drove in the winning run, after Mitchell Kranson drove in the tying run.
Also, don't forget to check out valued reader BandAlum's photos from this game.
Tuesday 4.23.2013: Cal 1, Cal Poly 7
Against a ranked Mustang squad, the Bears tried to get by with every pitcher just pitching one inning. After Justin Jones allowing an unearned run in the first, the game got out of hand in the 3rd when Cal Poly got 6 runs off Chris Muse-Fisher and Ryan Werternberger (allowed back-to-back homers). I may be wrong, but I think the 1 scoreless inning pitched was the debut of redshirt freshman Michael Jordan, who obviously has a rather famous name.
Pitcher of the Week:
I had been hoping for Ryan Mason to be the stopper the week before, but he finally got the job done this past Friday and stopped the Bears's 8 game skid. The freshman righthander has easily been the most consistent Bears pitcher this season.
Honorable mention: Logan Scott, Dylan Nelson, Keaton Siomkin
Hitter of the Week:
While DH Devon Rodriguez did hit his 5th homer of the season, C Andrew Knapp continues to be the most consistent Bears hitter. Knapp went 6 for 16 with a homer.
Coming up this weekend, Bears face the middling Washington squad in Seattle for 3 games. All three game would be streamed for free online.