Taking care of business in mid-week games and on the road are two of the most important things in college baseball. Cal hasn’t been perfect in either category this year, but the Bears took care of business at Pacific on Tuesday with an easy 9-2 victory.
Cal jumped on the Tigers early, with 8 runs in the first 3 innings. Home runs from Chad Bunting and Austin Booker helped lead the effort, although the Bears got runs from plenty of other sources. The game was also used to get younger players playing time, although they struggled to get runs across later in the game.
Kevin Miller pitched a solid game, going 7 strong innings and only giving up 2 runs. He struck out 7 and has pretty clearly recovered from his struggles earlier in the season. This was likely the final start of Miller’s career at Cal, and he turned in a solid effort in it. Kevin will be missed. Logan Scott also chipped in with a pair of scoreless innings in relief to close out the game.
Booker led the way with a 4-4 day that saw him hit his first home run of the season. Tony Renda, Mitch Delfino, Chad Bunting, and Louie Lechich also chipped in multi hit efforts. The Bears had 15 hits and 23 base runners total.
Not dropping this game was essential, and the Bears got the job done. That the offense finally had a busting out day and that the Bears got some solid pitching makes the win even sweeter. Now, the Bears need to use this momentum for the final series of the year against the rival Stanford Cardinal. Go Bears!