Cal Plucks Eagles Clean in Sweep-Clinching Shutout





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Opportunity knocked several times yesterday at Evans Diamond and the Cal baseball team answered each time.

The Bears annihilated Boston College 16-0 to complete a three-game sweep of the Eagles. Cal (8-6) had defeated BC 10-4 and 7-4 in the first two games of the series.

With the sweep, the Bears have won four in a row after beginning the season with six losses in the first 10 games.

"We were much better offensively (this weekend)," Cal coach David Esquer said. "There were positive signs all around."

Freshman Brent Hale picked up his first collegiate victory for the Bears in his first collegiate start.

The right hander survived a scare in the first inning, loading the bases before forcing Eagles left fielder Brian Durkin to ground into a double play.

Cal would tally five runs with two outs in the second to put the game away. Shortstop Jeff Dragicevich drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to drive in Brian Horwitz.

Freshman Justin Nelson followed Dragicevich with a three-run home run to push the lead to 4-0. Designated hitter David Weiner would close the scoring by belting a run-scoring triple of his own.

Following his first inning troubles, Hale would calm down and shut down BC. In six innings of work, Hale allowed only one hit and three walks with three strikeouts.

"He struggled, but then he settled down," Esquer said. "In the last couple of innings he was much more relaxed. It's much easier to pitch with that type of lead."

The Bears would support Hale with a seven-run outburst in the fourth when they sent 12 men to the plate.

Dragicevich, Horwitz, John Baker and Carson White all had RBI singles, while Conor Jackson knocked in two runs with a hit of his own and Nelson chipped in with a sacrifice fly.

Cal would complete its scoring in the fifth thanks to a solo homer from White, another Dragicevich RBI hit and an Eagle error on shortstop Marc Albano.

Relievers Ryan Atkinson, Blake Read and Arthur Gross came in to mop up for the Bears and didn't allow anything to the Eagles.

The series was dominated by the Cal pitching staff.

Saturday, Brian Montalbo went six innings, allowing five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Weiner and Horwitz led the Cal attack, each notching three hits on the afternoon. The Bears collected 14 hits to win the game 7-4.

Senior Trevor Hutchinson was dominant again Friday.

Hutchinson pitched a complete game, allowing BC four runs on 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

The Bears' Jackson led the 10-run attack, going 4-for-5 with an RBI. Catcher Baker knocked a two-run bomb in the fourth, while second baseman White went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Cal next sees action tomorrow afternoon at Evans Diamond when it hosts Centenary at 2 p.m.

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