DAVIS, CA--After a rough stretch of games that included dropping three series in a row to Sonoma State, St. Mary's, and Nevada, the Bears finally rebounded with an impressive series victory over arch rival UC Davis.
The first game began with a bit of a family moment, as Cal senior Seth Victor joined his brother Ethan (a sophomore at Davis) at home plate to exchange lineup cards. Once the game got underway, pitcher Allen Colborn was the story. He went 6 2/3 no-hit innings and ended up with a masterful shutout performance. The offense was headlined by the top of the lineup, with Itai Reuveni and Jeff Kuemmeler each having two RBIs and Trenten Fenster and Seth Victor combining for four of the five runs.
Gabriel Tiscareno got the ball for the second game, and he was almost as good as Colborn. Tiscareno allowed only four hits, and none of those base runners came around to score. He was nearly matched on the mound by Davis starter Joe Marsh, but Jeff Kuemmeler hit a huge home run leading off the 6th to give the Bears a 1-0 victory.
The Sunday game was more of a microcosm of the rest of the season. Starter Pablo Magallanes was good, allowing just two runs in six innings. However, everything fell apart in the 7th: The top of the inning featured an inability to score runs with men in scoring position, and the bottom saw the defense fall apart. The resulting three runs were too much for Cal to overcome, and the game ended 7-1.
Next weekend's series versus Stanford will be at Evans Diamond on campus. Games will start at 11:00 each day.