Freshman right-hander Daulton Jefferies, last week’s Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, pitched seven shutout innings and the Cal Golden Bears beat the East Tennessee State Bucs 3-0 in the first day of the Tiger Classic in Auburn, Ala., Friday afternoon.
Jefferies (2-0) allowed just two hits and walked three while recording eight strikeouts for the Bears (3-2). Trevor Hildenberger notched his first save of the season with two innings of no-hit relief. He fanned four.
Jefferies has yet to surrender a run in 13 innings in his first two collegiate starts.
Cal got all of their runs in the sixth inning. Mike Reuvekamp led off the inning with a single off Clinton Freeman (0-2) and moved up to second on a sacrifice by Derek Campbell. Vince Bruno was hit by a pitch and after a flyout, Devon Rodriguez drove in the first run of the game with a single to center field. Bruno wound up moving up a base when center fielder Dylan Tritsch mishandled the ball.
Nick Halamandaris followed with a double into the gap in right center that chased home Bruno and Rodriguez. The inning ended when Halamandaris was caught stealing at third base.
The only real trouble for Jefferies came in the seventh, when he got out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam by inducing Chris Cook to fly out to right field to end the threat.
Freeman worked six innings and allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts for East Tennessee State (2-3). Logan Rice pitched three scoreless innings, striking out two.
No one in the game had more than one hit. Freeman, who served as his own DH, and Cook had the only safeties for the Bucs.
Auburn played Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the second game of the day at the Tiger Classic.
Cal takes on the host Tigers on Saturday at 4 p.m. Pacific and close out the event Sunday morning against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.