BERKELEY, Calif. – California’s baseball team is good. Real good. Sunday, Baseball America’s No. 15 ranked team received two outstanding pitching performances and got plenty of offense in sweeping a doubleheader from Ohio State, 4-0 and 11-1, at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 12-5 with the wins while Ohio State drops to 6-7.
In the first game, the continuation of a suspended game from Saturday, Ohio State managed just five hits against Cal left-hander Justin Jones, who went 8.0 innings for the win and improved to 2-1 on the year. Jones took over with Cal leading 2-0 from Saturday and allowed just one Buckeye to reach third base. He was helped by a defense that turned three double plays and would duplicate that total in the second game.
Ohio State freshman Greg Greve was handed the ball after Dean Wolosiansky (1-2) opened this game Saturday against Cal ace Eric Johnson. Greve was solid, pitching 6.0 innings and allowing just two runs in the second inning and closing out with five consecutive scoreless innings. He scattered three hits, walked three and struck out four.
“Greve’s pitching today was the best performance we’ve had this year,” Ohio State coach Greg Beals said. “Drew Rucincki’s game vs. Army was dominating, but Greve’s ability to throw strikes with his secondary pitches is what separated this outing from his others.”
Junior Andrew Armstrong came in and pitched a perfect eighth inning.
A second Ohio State freshman, John Kuchno, started in Game 2. Making just his second start, he gave up a couple of runs in each of the first two innings to fall behind 4-0. He ended up working 3.0 innings and allowed five earned runs to take the loss and fall to 0-1 on the season.
Cal put forth a 14-hit attack against a series of five Ohio State pitchers in the contest and scored at least one run against them all. Marcus Semien and Devin Rodriguez each hit home runs and drove in multiple runs to support the three-hit complete game of Dixon Anderson, who picked up the win and is now 3-1 on the year.
A schedule third game in this series will not be played because rain forced a postponement of the Friday game and the continuation of the Saturday game after one inning.
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