April 25, 2009

Courtesy of California

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The California baseball team came back from a 5-1 deficit by scoring five runs in thefourth inning and then got standout relief pitching, upending No. 2-ranked Arizona State, 10-6, Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The winning pitcher was junior left-hander Chris Petrini, who entered the game in the first inning (2-3, 4.2 innings, six hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts) and sophomore right-hander Brian Diemer earned his first collegiate save (3.2 innings, three hits, one run, no walks, three strikeouts). Junior center fielder Brett Jackson (3-for-5, triple, two RBI) and freshman right fielder Danny Oh (3-for-5, RBI) had three hits apiece, while sophomore first baseman Mark Canha was 2-for-3 with four RBI and junior designated hitter Blake Smith was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. The Golden Bears, who pounded out 16 hits, improved to 19-21 overall and 6-11 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils dropped to 30-9 overall and 14-3 in the conference.

The two teams will play the rubber match on Sunday as ASU defeated Cal, 3-1, on Friday. It will be the first time this season the Sun Devils will be playing a third game to determine a conference series. The Bears also gave standout ASU left-hander Josh Spence his first loss of the season (8-1, 3.1 innings, nine hits, six runs, four walks, four strikeouts).