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Cal Baseball rallies from 4 runs down to beat USF 7-5

Trailing 4-0 at one point, the Golden Bears answered with a 5 run inning and held on to a 7-5 victory.

The Bears will look to improve on their 8-2 home record tonight against USF Dons.
The Bears will look to improve on their 8-2 home record tonight against USF Dons.
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The No. 13 California Golden Bears (15-6) picked up their fourth straight win on Tuesday night, coming from behind to knock off cross-bay foe San Francisco (8-19) 7-5 at Evans Diamond in Berkeley, California. Junior centerfielder Aaron Knapp was 1-for-2, and reached base four times to help the Bears to the victory. His fourth inning bases-clearing triple put the Bears in front for good, as Cal's pitching staff managed to shut down the San Francisco offense and hold on for the win. The Dons pounced on some mistakes by the Bears early, carrying a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth, but Cal exploded for a five-spot, and then tacked on two more, courtesy of solo home runs by sophomore catcher Brett Cumberland, his eighth on the year, and senior outfielder Brian Celsi smacked his first of the year to surge to the victory.

"That’s just how things roll sometimes; it’s baseball," Cumberland said of falling behind early. "There are ups and downs and it is a roller coaster often times. This team has that never back down attitude and as you saw in Texas [earlier this season], we don’t really care what the score is; we are going to scratch some runs across here and there to try and come back."

Bears win 7-5 over USF on Tuesday night, the second time that the Bears have beaten the Dons this season. Coming up next, UCLA will visit Evans Diamond for 3 games this weekend.



California Golden Bears Baseball vs. University of San Francisco Dons

Where: Evans Diamond

When: 7 PM

TV: Pac-12 Bay Area

Radio: KALX

Fresh off the sweep of the previously 3rd ranked Oregon State Beavers, the Golden Bears (14-6, 4-2) will try to showcase that pitching depth in a midweek game tonight against University of San Francisco Dons. These midweek games are always unpredictable, due to the teams saving their main pitchers for the higher profile weekend series. What is working in the Bears' favor is the two complete games tossed by Daulton Jefferies on Thursday and Ryan Mason on Friday. Matt Ladrech threw 7.2 innings on Saturday as well.

I would not be surprised if Jeff Bain, who lasted merely 0.1 inning on Saturday will get a quick chance to redeem himself tonight, even if he's not the starter.

USF Dons (8-18) are coming off a weekend series lost to Pacific.

In the earlier season one game midweek contest between the two teams, the Golden Bears were triumphant with a 5-4 win on February 23rd - the home opener. That's a game where the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead, allowed the Dons to equalize, scored 3 more runs and then had to hold on. Bears are 8-2 on the home schedule thus far.

The homestand continues this weekend when the UCLA Bruins come to Berkeley. Somehow, those games are NOT televised (but KALX will have the calls).