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Cal Baseball vs. UCLA Sunday game on the Pac-12 Networks open thread

The Golden Bears will look to salvage the three game series by winning the rubber game against the defending NCAA Champs. Can the Cal bats wake up against the Bruins' Sunday starter?

The Golden Bears' bats need to wake up from their hibernation.
The Golden Bears' bats need to wake up from their hibernation.
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Cal Baseball (10-7) vs. UCLA (11-7, No.25 in Baseball America, No.15 in NCBWA, No.22 in USA Today Coaches' Poll)

When: 2 PM

Where: Evans Diamond

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Audio: KALX (Berkeley student radio), UCLA also have their own free call

Game Updates: @Cal_Baseball and/or @RGBearTerritory (Ryan Gorcey)

The Cal bats have been shutdown by the UCLA pitching in the first two games. On Saturday night, UCLA got a timely two run homer in the 7th inning to spoil a pitchers' duel and win 3-2. On Friday night, UCLA got the go ahead run in the top of the 9th.

On Sunday, the Bears will send out TBD to try to limit the Bruins again. Whether the Bears can win would depends on if the bats can do more. Would Coach David Esquer change up the lineup?

No. Pos. Player 2014 Stats
27 CF Devin Pearson, So. .269, 7 RBI, 0 HR
22 LF Vince Bruno, Sr. .298, 5 RBI, 1 HR
33 DH Devon Rodriguez, Sr. .269, 10 RBI, 1 HR
2 RF Derek Campbell, Jr. .246, 8 RBI, 2 HR
19 1B Nick Halamandaris, So. .241, 6 RBI, 0 HR
6 3B Chris Paul, Jr. .250, 0 RBI, 0 HR
21 2B Brenden Farney, Jr. .370, 4 RBI, 0 HR
30 C Mitchell Kranson, So. .143, 3 RBI, 0 HR
37 SS Mike Reuvekamp, Sr. .167, 1 RBI, 0 HR

The tentative pitching matchup is

UCLA – Cody Poteet, RHP, So. (1-1, 2.42)

In case you missed it (I included this in the open thread yesterday), ESPN had a nice Q&A with Coach Esquer from earlier this week:

Eric Sorenson: First off, you've still got a couple of guys from that 2011 College World Series team around. How big is having those guys back?

Dave Esquer: It's huge. The fact that we've got Derek Campbell, Vince Bruno and Devon Rodriguez all back after redshirting last year and all of them are at the top of the order for us is a great luxury. They're all such great leaders and set a good example for our younger guys. These are guys who know what it takes to get to Omaha and set a great example on the field and in the locker room.

ES: But you guys are also really young in other areas, right?

DE: We pitched a freshman on Friday night, Daulton Jefferies. We've got Alex Martinez, a freshman, pitching on Saturdays right now and another freshman, Alex Schick, has started a few games for us, so we're still a little on the young side on the mound. We've also got Ryan Mason in the bullpen now; he was our Friday starter last year as a freshman. If he can stay there, it will give us a strong arm at the end of the game. But if I have to move him back to the starting role, then so be it. But that's how we're handling it.

Interesting news about how the Cal Baseball Classic last week taking place in Berkeley.

ES: I liked this past week where you brought in Arkansas, Tulane and San Francisco. Interesting field.

DE: I like the diversity of each of these tournaments we've played in. I want to give our guys new experiences by going on the road to new places and playing good teams. We played in a tournament at Auburn; we also went down to San Diego and played them and Baylor. And this tournament of ours was supposed to be played at AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco, but the Giants' people backed out of the deal. But [Arkansas] coach [Dave] Van Horn was really great about it. He just said, "Who cares? We'll come out and play out your place anyway."