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Golden Diamonds: Cal at Stanford this weekend; Baseball have won 4 consecutive series, Softball coming off sweep of Utah

Both Baseball (Thursday-Saturday) and Softball (Friday-Sunday) are visiting The Farm this weekend.

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Esquer is now a foe.
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Cal Baseball (23-15, 9-9 in Pac-12) with big opportunities to move up in RPI

Despite taking 2 out of 3 from a decent Washington Huskies last weekend, Golden Bears still have a bad RPI thanks to the two midweek losses to bad teams (Santa Clara and Sacramento State). While this weekend series at the top 5 ranked Stanford would obviously be a tough three games, they also represent a big opportunities for the Golden Bears to move up their RPI from the 90’s up to the 50’s or so.

Cal 11, Washington 4

Tyrus Greene led off the game with a solo homer and the Bears did not look back. Matt Ladrech was solid until running into trouble in the 4th. Zayne Patino got the W in relief.

Cal 5, Washington 2

Between the power of Andrew Vaughn and the pitching of Jared Horn, the two sophomores led the Bears to their 4th consecutive Pac-12 series win (UCLA, Utah, Washington State, and now Washington).

Cal 3, Washington 4 (10 innings)

It really should have been a sweep for the Bears, but after another brilliant start from Aaron Shortridge and yet another Andrew Vaughn homer, Tanner Dodson allowed a two-run game tying homer in the 9th. Bears go on to lose this one in the 10th when the Huskies scored a run off Joey Matulovich.

Cal 1, Sacramento State 4

This one hurts. The Bears just could not muster much offense in the second consecutive midweek loss to hurt their RPI. The Hornets scored their 4 runs in the 2nd.

With 3 homeruns last week, Cal sophomore 1st baseman Andrew Vaughn garnered even more recognition this past week.

Learn more about Andrew Vaughn in this free article from Ryan Gorcey.

No.2 Stanford (31-5, 12-3 in Pac-12) are now lead by long time former Cal Baseball head coach (but also former Stanford walk-on and SS) David Esquer after his mentor Mark Marquess had retired. For all the Cal fans who loved to complain about Esquer, this is their series to hopefully yell at Esquer while positive things are happening to the Bears.

This will also be the ultimate test of offensive vs. defense. Cal is the best hitting team in the Pac-12 by batting average (and I’m sure other measures) while Stanford has the top ERA. Freshman Brendan Beck has emerged as an ace for the Cardinal, while Tristan Beck (injured in the past year) is a legit first round pick prospect.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Thursday, April 26, 7:05 p.m.

Cal: LHP Matt Ladrech (5-3, 4.88 ERA)

Stanford: RHP Brendan Beck (5-0, 1.21)

Friday, April 27, 7:05 p.m.

Cal: RHP Jared Horn (5-4, 4.92)

Stanford: RHP Tristan Beck (5-2, 2.92)

Saturday, April 28, 7:05 p.m.

Cal: RHP Aaron Shortridge (2-1, 2.40)

Stanford: LHP Kris Bubic (5-0, 2.52)

All three games will be on the Pac-12 Networks. I hope they are all good ones (meaning that the Bears are competitive).


Cal Softball (30-13, 4-10 in Pac-12) looks for another Pac-12 series win

Cal Softball was able to quadruple their Pac-12 win total last weekend with a 3-game sweep of the Utah Utes. They will get another opportunity to win another Pac-12 series this weekend when they visit rival Stanford down at The Farm.

Cal 5, Utah 3

Bears scored 5 runs in the 5th innings thanks to some Utah miscues. Dung got the win, Conley got the save.

Cal 7, Utah 1

Pettis goes 3 for 4 while Jackson and Espalin got 2 hits each for the Bears in this offensive outburst. Conley goes the distance in this one, striking out 7.

Cal 3, Utah 1

More Utes errors lead to 2 unearned Cal runs and the margin.

Cal 3, UC Davis 2 (8 innings)

Esplain brings home Rood in the 8th for this win where Dung struggled a bit early. Conley goes 4.2 IP for the win.

Stanford (22-23, 2-13) is simply still not very good after this program suffered a scandal few years ago. They were swept in their last two Pac-12 series to Oregon State and Oregon.

The Cal offense is led by the top 3 hitters in Senior Jazmyn Jackson (.365 BA), junior Lindsay Rood (.338 BA) and sophomore Bradie Fillmore (.314 BA) who are now entrenched at the top of the Cal lineup.

The Cal pitching tandem of Kalamani Dung (2.08 ERA) and Zoe Conley (2.20 ERA) continues to be solid, if not quite as dominant as the top tier Pac-12 teams (who are also the best teams in the country).

Against Stanford, Cal will likely see Maddy Dwyer (2.13 ERA). Cardinal also has three hitters batting above 0.300 in Teaghan Cowles (.356), Hannah Howell (.342) and Alyssa Horeczko (.313).

The games are Friday at 6:45 pm PT, Saturday at 5 pm PT, and Sunday at 1 pm PT with all three on the Pac-12 Networks.

GO BEARS! BEAT STANFORD!