The Cal Golden Bears erupted for five unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a close game and Daulton Jefferies scattered six hits over six shutout innings in a 7-0 win over the Texas Longhorns at Evans Diamond Friday night.
Jefferies (1-0) walked one and struck out four before turning the game over to the bullpen, with Keaton Siomkin, Alex Martinez and Andrew Buckley each working a scoreless inning for the Golden Bears (1-0).
Cal got its first run in the bottom of the first. Derek Campbell doubled to right field and came around to score on a two-out single by Devin Pearson.
That 1-0 margin remained the same until the bottom of the fifth, when Campbell led off with another double and came around to score when pitcher Parker French mishandled a bunt by Vince Bruno, allowing Campbell to score to make it 2-0. The Golden Bears almost squandered a chance to make it a bigger inning, though.
With runners at second and third and one out, Nick Halamanderis hit a comebacker to the mound with Bruno trying to break for the plate. He was thrown out trying to get back to third, leaving runners at first and second with two outs, Brenden Farney walked to load the bases and Brian Celsi reached on a two-base error by Texas first baseman Kacy Clemens which allowed Halamandaris and Pearson to score to make it 4-0. Farney came in on a wild pitch and when Celsi tried to steal third, the ball got away from third baseman Andy McGuire, allowing Celsi to score the fifth unearned run of the inning to give Cal a 6-0 lead.
Cal put up an insurance run in the eighth. Campbell stroked his third double of the night with one out and scored on a single by Pearson.
French (0-1) was the hard-luck loser for the Longhorns (0-1), allowing six runs—all unearned—on four hits and three walks in five innings. Mark Payton was 3-for-4 for the Longhorns and C.J. Hinojosa banged out a pair of hits.
The teams play a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Pacific.