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.

A Few Thoughts from the Bay Area…

  • Game 1 of the Ohio State/Cal series was completed more than 44 hours after its original start time of 2:30 p.m. PDT Friday.
  • Ryan Cypret collected an eighth inning single in Game 1 and he had a sixth inning single in Game 2 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • Cal came into the game with a team earned run average of 2.51 and an opponent’s batting average of .223.
  • Twelve different freshmen or sophomores saw action for the Buckeyes Sunday, including the first collegiate appearances for freshmen Jacob Hayes, Derek Hannahs and Blake Hutton.
  • Nine-game freshman starter Tim Wetzel missed his fourth consecutive start because of a hand injury.
  • Solid effort by Brett McKinney and Greg Solomon to be first in the lobby prior to the team’s departing for the stadium…a full 20 minutes before departure time.
  • The basketball game between the Ohio State coaches and some players Saturday during the rain delay was called “one of the coolest things that has ever happened here during a rain delay” by a Cal beat writer. Nice work coaches Beals, Stafford, Holick and Newman.
  • The Buckeyes are off Monday. The team will spend some time at the famous Fisherman’s Warf before bussing to Fresno for a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday against 17th-ranked Fresno State.