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Cal Baseball hosts Stanford on Pac-12 Networks Open Thread

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It's technically a non-conference game, but the streaking Bears (8-2) on a 6 game win streak will love to beat 'Furd (4-7) at home. ROLL ON YOU BEARS!

Cal Baseball will look to extend Furd's rough start to the year.
Cal Baseball will look to extend Furd's rough start to the year.
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'Furd easily won 11-1, and their head coach Mark Marquess recorded his 1500th career win.


Cal Baseball (8-2) vs. Stanfurd (4-7)

When: 6 PM

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Announcing Team: Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and former San Francisco Giant J.T. Snow (analyst)

Probable Starters: LHP Michael Theofanopoulos (1-1, 3.27 ERA) for Cal vs. RHP Tyler Thorne (1-0, 2.89 ERA) for 'Furd

Record may be a little bit deceiving since Furd has played a lot more road games against tough opponents (at Texas, at No.4 Vanderbilt, vs. No.10 Rice), but there is little doubt that Cal Baseball is enjoying their current 6 game win streak. After splitting a 4 game series with Texas (still ranked 27th right now) to start the season, the Bears have gone on to sweep three games at the Tiger Classic host by Auburn follow by a sweep of 3 games at the University of San Diego Tournament.

For the last 5 games, the Bears have scored at least 5 runs in all of them. Vince Bruno lead the Bears with a 0.387 average. 3 Golden Bears are tied for the team lead with 6 RBI's each. They are Devon Rodriguez, Derek Campbell, and Nick Halamandaris. As a team, the Bears have the slash line of 0.241/0.328/0.328 which is not that impressive. So there have been a lot of clutch hitting by Cal.

Given this is a midweek game, expect both teams to use their long men for this game, which would be conductive for more scoring. The usual weekend rotation for the Bears have produced a team ERA of just 2.00 (best in the Pac, for whatever that's worth at this point in the season) with 3 shutouts. For Stanfurd, they have started a freshmen in every game so far (Mark Appel finally turned pro) and their highly regarded youngsters are still adjusting to college baseball.

The likely starter for the Bears is Junior left-hander Michael Theofanopoulos (1-1, 3.27 ERA, 11 strikeouts in 11.0 innings) who is coming off a career best 9 K's in 6 inning outing (against Arkansas Pine Bluff - that's all the name of the school). The tentative starter for Furd is freshman righty Tyler Thorne (1-0, 2.89 ERA).

GO BEARS!