Five Cal Golden Bears pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout Saturday and the Bears posted their second straight blanking at the Tiger Classic in Auburn, Ala., beating the host Auburn Tigers 5-0.
The Golden Bears (4-2) got the only run they would need in the top of the second. Robbie Tenerowicz drew a one-out walk, moved up to second on a ground-ball out and scored on a single to center by Mitchell Kranson that put Cal up 1-0.
The Golden Bears then broke the game open with three markers in the sixth. Vince Bruno opened the frame with an infield single and moved to third when Devon Rodriguez grounded a single up the middle. Derek Campbell hit a comebacker to the mound, with Auburn pitcher Michael O’Neal holding Bruno at third, but unable to record an out anywhere, loading the bases.
Nick Halamanderis then walked to force in a run, making it 2-0 Golden Bears. That ended O’Neal’s day, as he was replaced by Jacob Millman. After a strikeout, Brenden Farney cracked a single to left to score Campbell and Rodriguez to make it a 4-0 game.
Cal’s final run came in the seventh on an RBI single by Halamandaris.
Kyle Porter started for Cal and worked three scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk to go with two strikeouts and was lifted after 49 pitches. Alex Schick (1-1) worked two scoreless frames and was awarded the win, allowing a hit and fanning two. Keaton Siomkin allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout in two scoreless innings, Trevor Hildenberger allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout in the eighth and Ryan Mason notched a walk and a strikeout getting the final three outs in the ninth.
Auburn had beaten Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday and falls to 1-1 in the Classic, while Cal improves to 2-0. In Saturday’s other game, East Tennessee State improved to 1-1 in the event with a 7-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Cal closes out the event Sunday morning against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 8 a.m. Pacific.